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Nantes feeding 5000 against food waste

September 2013, Nantes, France

Nantes, the current European Green Capital, played host to a giant public meal for 5,000 people, using only food products that otherwise would have been wasted last 25th September 2013.”Feeding the 5k” event, which ran parallel with the ECOCITY 2013 World Summit,  is part of a global campaign launched by UNEP and FAO (partners of ECOCITY) against food waste. Three associations based in Nantes, Disco Soupe, Cré’Alters and Nantes en Transition, took part in organising the event.

The festival aimed at raising participants’ awareness of food waste, as well as providing a platform to contribute to a big conversation about what sort of food strategy citizens would like for Nantes in the coming years and decades.

The Giant Meal was held at the Nefs on l'île de Nantes, from 18.00 to 22.00. © Christiane Blanchard

The Giant Meal was held at the Nefs on l’île de Nantes, from 18.00 to 22.00. © Christiane Blanchard

Since 2009 Feeding the 5000 has previously taken place in London, Bristol, Dublin, Paris, Nairobi, Manchester, Amsterdam and Sydney spearheading the movement against food waste.

The founder of the Feeding 5k, Tristram Stuart in Nantes.  During Ecocity 2013, he petitioned 200 mayors worldwide to sign a commitment to the fight against food waste. ©Benoît Soualle

The founder of the Feeding 5k, Tristram Stuart in Nantes. During Ecocity 2013, he petitioned 200 mayors worldwide to sign a commitment to the fight against food waste. ©Benoît Soualle

European Green Capital Award

Following Stockholm, Hamburg and Vitoria-Gasteiz, Nantes is the European Green Capital for 2013. This distinction recognises environmental best practices, in the areas such as local contribution to sustainable transport and land use, green urban areas, water consumption, and the fight against climate change. Nantes has demonstrated its efforts with regard to being an eco-friendly and sustainable city through various ways, for example:

  • Nantes has an ambitious Climate Action Plan to reduce CO2 emissions by 30% per capita by 2020 compared to 2003
  • Sustainable Transport Policy
  • 15% of residents use public transport daily
  • Everyone in Nantes lives within 300 metres of a green area
  • There are 57 m² of green space per person
  • There are over 100,000 trees in the city
  • 60% of the land area in Nantes is either a green area or agricultural
  • The city has four Natura 2000 sites and 33 natural zones of floral, faunal or ecological interest.

For more information on the European Green Capital Award click here.

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