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FOOD: What We Eat & How Much We Waste

Have BIG Climate Impacts

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Join IPC and the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center Green Team (OMI) for an evening with Dr. Sara Via 

Many of us want to help solve the climate crisis, but it can be hard to know where to start or what actions will make a real difference.  Fortunately, we can take two of the most impactful climate actions right in our homes.  Agriculture is a major source of climate-warming emissions in the US (18% of the total), with meat and dairy the biggest contributors.  Growing food also requires significant investments of water, energy and land, and is a big source of water pollution.  Given food’s high environmental and monetary costs, it is shocking that nearly 40% of the food grown in the US is wasted.  Almost half this waste occurs in our homes.  By beginning to substitute plant-based proteins for some of the meat we consume and reducing the amount of food we waste, we can each become part of the climate solution.  Come and learn some easy ways to make these two changes happen.

Sara_Via_Solo_Photo.jpgDr. Sara Via had a 30-year career in genetics research before she began to teach Marylanders about climate change impacts & solutions in 2014.  Sara frequently speaks to community organizations about climate-related topics and strategies for climate-friendly home landscapes that increase biodiversity and boost pollinator populations.  Each summer, Sara offers a set of Climate Action Webinars covering a wide range of topics.  Videos and descriptions of past webinars can be found on her website, www.climatecorner.org, where the 2024 webinars will soon be announced.


Dr. Sara Via

Professor & Climate Extension Specialist

University of Maryland, College Park

[email protected]

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This presentation is supported by a grant to OMI from The Howard County Office of Sustainability in cooperation with the One Water Partnership.

Coming up next: Presentations from January through April on various environmental topics including environmental sustainability and climate change.

Don't Forget the OMI Green Spring Fling on Sunday, May 5 2024 with a free native plant for all. 

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