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Film: Our planet, our business, WWF

Conservation NGO WWF has released the 40-minute film “Our planet, our business”, which sets out five principles for businesses to follow in order to protect nature and their own future.

The five principles are:

  1. Zero carbon - phase out fossil fuels.
  2. Minimise the space we use - reduce land use, e.g. through technologies to increase yield, selective logging, and growing crops on land that has already been deforested.
  3. Return the ocean to good health - take only what can be replaced naturally.
  4. Eliminate waste by using a “circular economy” approach.
  5. Reimagine success - question the current drive for perpetual economic growth.

Watch the film here. See also the Foodsource chapter Food systems and contributions to other environmental problems.

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