Carbon labels for food products

Carbon labels for food products

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Sophia Ambrono started this petition to UK Parliament and

We are facing a climate emergency - I am no longer talking about an event we have to prevent, it is something we are all experiencing right now. And this crisis will only become worse as the carbon level released in the atmosphere by human activity continue to rise. 

The global carbon levels for the past 20 years have been consistently rising and as a result we have been experiencing the warmest years on record. There is no question that this is the biggest crisis we are facing and we need to come together for a solution. One country, one government alone cannot solve a global issue - this is urgent for all governments, bigger than any party or ideology. 

We as consumers can make a change. We need to demand transparency for what we buy so we can make a real change in our lifestyles and lower our daily carbon footprint. Adding a carbon footprint label to food and other products we consume will empower consumers to make an informed decision as to how much carbon we are willing to 'purchase'. It would work the same way as personal finances -if one day you've spent too much, the next day you save up. The same goes for carbon - if one day we consumed above the limit, we adjust in the following day to keep within tolerable levels, that wouldn't harm our planet. This will not only incentivise the consumer to make more environmentally-aware choices, but by allowing the customer to pick the more carbon-efficient item, producers will have to compete on carbon efficiency, not just on price - lowering the footprint of their own business and their suppliers. 

The effect that this change would have collectively would be incredibly powerful. Food industry only accounts for between 19% and 29% of greenhouse gases - we can come together and aim reduce that percentage. 

We need Government to come to our help and implement a policy which would require food producers to label their products according to their carbon footprint. 

Sign this petition and let's make a change together - let's demand carbon labels on all food products!

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