COP26: Why tackling climate change matters

It’s here! COP26 has begun and we look forward to seeing the progression and changes that have been made since the last conference in Paris 5 years ago.

What is COP26, you might ask?

COP26 is the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties. It takes place in Glasgow, United Kingdom, between the 31st of October and the 12th of November 2021. Over the 12-day period, hundreds of world leaders alongside tens of thousands of negotiators, government representatives, businesses and citizens will work together to tackle climate change.

Being a UK based company, we might just feel that extra inch of excitement as we long to see the progression and changes that have taken place since the last conference took place in Paris 5 years ago.

Ok, but what happened in Paris?

In Paris, every country agreed to work together to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees and aim for 1.5 degrees. Countries committed themselves to bring forward national plans setting out how to reduce emissions, and every five years, they will come back with an updated plan that reflects their highest possible ambition.

Why is COP26 important in the climate debate?

Climate change is one of the greatest risks facing us all. Around the world, communities and habitats are being destroyed by storms, floods, droughts, air pollution and many more natural disasters caused by climate change. If we are to tackle climate change, we need to see collective action and collaboration between businesses, individuals, communities and countries, because only together can we rise to the challenges created by climate change.

Getting involved with COP26 is our opportunity to learn and push for plans that can help protect our communities and habitats all around the world.

Climate change and the future of sustainable food production

For decades we have experienced the effects of climate change, and at Perfectly Fresh, we believe that now is our chance to make a difference if we want to save our planet. Sustainability and climate change is important to us. That is why we work towards supporting a more sustainable future. Our fresh produce is produced using a farming method called vertical farming, known as the future of sustainable food production.

Vertical farming offers many benefits to the consumer and the environment such as the ability to grow many times more crop per m2 compared to traditional farming methods, using 95% less water and no pesticides, achieving a naturally longer shelf life. It is possible to manage the growing environment anywhere in the world (even in city centres), in all seasons, which means that crops no longer need to be transported around the world.

This approach, combined with our ambition to be a Net Zero Carbon business by 2030, means that we are a positive environmental disruptor.

We’ll be following COP26 to learn more about the progresses that are being made and what the future plans are to help combat global warming and climate changes.

For more insights into the aim of this year’s COP26 conference, access this guide from UK COP26: https://ukcop26.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/COP26-Explained.pdf

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