Target: The World Resources Institute
Goal: Thank the World Resources Institute for its plan to reduce food waste around the world.
It is estimated that about 1.3 billion tons of food gets lost or wasted every year. In the United States alone, nearly 30% of all food produced is thrown away. The impact of food waste isn’t just a financial one, it has adverse effects on our environment as well. Food waste and rot creates methane, one of the most harmful greenhouse gases, which contributes to our planet’s deteriorating climate. Methane is 23 times more potent than CO2, and the amount of food that gets thrown into landfills contributes to global warming.
Recognizing this issue, the World Resources Institute (WRI), an organization dedicated to sustainability and economic growth on a global scale, has enlisted the help of representatives from academia, private sectors, government and civil society groups to create a new global standard to measure food loss and waste, otherwise known as “The Food Loss & Waste Protocol.”
According to the WRI’s President, Andrew Steer, “Meeting the world’s growing food demand is one of the great challenges we face. But we can shift this dynamic by greatly reducing food loss and waste, a critical step in ensuring that all people have enough food to meet their needs.”
The protocol described would work globally with farmers, food distributors and facilities to measure how much food is being lost or wasted annually, and devise new ways to reduce, reuse and recycle. One revolutionary plan in the works is getting retailers to simplify packaged food dates, which urge people to toss away food that is still edible.
By signing this petition, you’ll commend the World Resources Institute’s dedication to a sustainable planet, and tell them that you support the reduction of global food waste.
Dear World Resources Institute,
Your dedication to global sustainability, and the attention you paid to global warming, has led you to produce an innovative and progressive program that billions of people worldwide will benefit from. Food waste is a significant problem that you’ve put at the forefront of your organization’s objectives, and your efforts demand to be commended.
The World Resources Institute’s approach to data and research has created a program that has helped provide an accurate and intelligent solution to some our most pressing environmental problems, like the detrimental effects of greenhouse gases and global warming.
I thank you, wholeheartedly, for your organization’s creation of this new protocol, which will improve waste management and contribute to a sustainable world becoming less of a dream and more of a reality. Our interest in saving the planet will be heightened because of your organization, and I hope that you continue to be a noticeable voice for our environment. Quite simply, I wish you continued success.
[Your Name Here]
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