Climate and Circular Organics
Climate & Circular Organics from Farm, Factory and Plate, and Back to Soil
Wednesday 7 September
UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures
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Australia is lagging global leaders in tackling methane emissions and waste from food and green organics. It is also lagging its own 2030 targets for diversion of organics from landfill. There is a need for systemic change so we transition to a more circular, low emissions bio-material economy by 2030.
Motivations and benefits from change are many. Still less than 50% of Australian households have access to organic recycling, and there are too few programs for businesses – all while our landfills are filling up. 30% of food never reaches our plates. Good but wonky food lies rotting, households struggle to buy food and retailers send everything including nutritious organics into landfills in one waste bin. Meanwhile, fertiliser prices have doubled and our ancient soils continue to decline in health making our farming future increasingly bleak. Finally, Australia may join global leaders in the priority pledge to cut methane at the UN COP 22.
It does not have to be this way. Solutions exist, can be implemented, and are necessary for us to meet the looming targets to 2030.
In this national Masterclass, third in a series, you will learn from leaders in Australia and overseas (France, Italy, UK and Netherlands) and their smart solutions. Participants and presenters will discuss the ways we can transform the pathways for organic materials in Australia, feed our people, support new businesses and farmers and cut methane emissions for a more sustainable future.
What will you learn?
separation, bin and collection systems for households, business, agriculture
food and green organic processing (anaerobic digestion (AD), biogas, compost, etc)
food donation and diversion
industry pledges and programs
laws, bans, standards
financial incentives and fees.
The Blue Mountains Planetary Health Pluriversity is part of Blue Mountains City Council’s Planetary Health Initiative. Find out more here