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Singer Angélique Kidjo Launches Campaign for Environmental Film ‘Mother Nature’
The Beninese singing sensation, Angélique Kidjo, recently launched a fundraising campaign for the production of an environmental film entitled “Mother Nature.” The proceeds from the production and distribution of the film will be donated to the GoodPlanet Foundation, which supports environmental projects around the world.

Kidjo’s joined forces with French director Yann Arthus-Bertrand to make a short film. It will be filmed in Benin, France and a third country to be chosen according to the evolution of the Coronavirus pandemic: Lagos in Nigeria or New York in the United States. Described as “a committed, transgenerational, musically energetic and inspiring work to carry a call for the protection of the planet loud and far.”

“[In Africa] it is the children who are bearing the brunt of the climate change crisis. It is the future generation that will pay the heaviest price for climate change,” Kidjo said.

France Bans Short-Haul Internal Flights to Cut CO2 Emissions
The French government has banned short-haul domestic flights when rail alternatives are available for the journey of two and half hours or less. The bill, which was voted in the French Parliament on April 10, will only apply to a handful of routes, such as those between Paris and Nantes, and Lyon and Bordeaux. Connecting flights are excluded. Aiming to cut down France’s CO2 emission levels of 1990 by 40 percent, the measure – which needs to be approved at the Senate level – was applauded by President Macron’s party LaREM.

“We are engaging in a profound transformation of the aviation sector,” read a tweet from LaREM MPs. “Favoring the train or other means of public transport for short distances is common sense and a key gesture for the climate.”

Upcycling Foods Reduces Waste, Stabilizes Economies
Food waste accounts for more than 8 percent of all human-made greenhouse gas emissions, making it a big contributor to climate change. In 2020 in the United States alone 80 billion lbs. of food was thrown away, 40 percent of the US food supply was wasted, and $1,600 worth of produce per family was wasted. According to the United Nations, if food waste were a country, it would be the world’s third-largest greenhouse gas emitter, only behind China and the U.S. Food is wasted all along its journey from the farm to our homes, but through upcycling, the pulp, peels, and other nutrients of food products on the brink of expiry are repurposed as ingredients in drinks, sauces, and flours.

According to Upcycled Food Association, the process is derived from an ancient tradition based on the philosophy of using all of what you have. It’s about doing more with less and elevating all food to its highest and best use. Most of all, upcycled food is about reducing food waste, by creating high-quality, nutritious food products out of the nutrients that slip through the cracks of our food system.

 

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