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Fighting Food Waste Means Fighting Climate Change

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  • This article discusses the first observance of the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste. 
  • It highlights the scope of the food waste problem and the many benefits of addressing the problem, including ending hunger, ensuring sustainable food production and consumption, and fighting climate change. 
Teaching Tips


  • This article highlights the need for action at all levels to address this humanitarian, food security, and climate change issue.
  • It links to several other peer-reviewed resources from the UN to provide tips and additional information.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the terms: stakeholders, rubbish, supply chain, and landfill.


  • Students may want to consider starting a food waste reduction campaign at their school or follow the link to the 15 tips identified by the UN FAO to bring awareness to the issue.
  • Another resource related to this topic is the video Food Waste.
  • Cross-curricular connections could be made with social studies classes when addressing the cost of food waste to families and the causes of hunger.
Scientist Notes

Students can explore this resource to gain good insights on achieving SDGs 2, 12, and 13 through taking actions to reduce food waste. The resource is valid and recommended for teaching.

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    • Social Science Analysis (K-12)
      • 6.27 Assess individual and collective capacities to take action to address local and regional issues, taking into account a range of possible levers of power, strategies, and potential outcomes.
      • HS.75 Evaluate options for individual and collective actions to address local, regional, and global problems by engaging in self-reflection, strategy identification, and complex causal reasoning.
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