By Tansy Robertson-Fall, Senior Editor, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Climate, biodiversity, human health. These pressing global challenges are all connected by one vital sector of the economy: food. More than a third of the world’s land is currently dedicated to food production. How we manage that land impacts levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, whether plants, insects, and animals can thrive, and if people have access to a nutritious diet.

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While the current food system has supported a fast-growing population and fuelled economic development, productivity gains have come at a cost. Deforestation for agricultural land as well as livestock and soil management have amounted to the food industry being responsible for almost a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions globally. …

By Janez Potočnik

The author was European Commissioner for Environment from 2009 until 2014, and during his tenure initiated the European Resource Efficiency Platform, which resulted in the adoption of the first European Circular Economy Package. A former Minister for European Affairs of Slovenia, Potočnik is today co-chair of the International Resource Panel (IRP), and Partner at SYSTEMIQ, he serves as a special advisor on sustainability to European Commissioner for the Environment & Oceans and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevičius.

There is almost complete consensus that we want an economy which better serves people’s needs, creates better resilience and, in so doing, secures European competitiveness. As we frame discussions and negotiations — most immediately around recovery funds — it is important to understand why the Green Deal and recovery go together. In particular, this means understanding why smarter resource management is the key to securing Europe’s competitiveness, and how we can build a globally competitive position through the decisions we make now. …

By Tansy Robertson-Fall, Senior Editor, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

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“Art helps us identify with one another and expands our notion of we — from the local to the global” — Olafur Eliasson

In 2015, while the members of the United Nations gathered in Paris to discuss climate change, artist Olafur Eliasson and geologist Minik Rosing placed 12 glacial icebergs from Greenland’s Nuuk Fjord in Place du Panthéon square. …


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