Climate change is not just another headline in the news. We are witnessing the cascading impact it has across society, with more devastating natural disasters and extreme weather patterns causing costly disruptions to our daily lives. Individuals, corporates, industries and governments across the world are rallying to tackle climate change. And it’s about time.
In a special report conducted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) about global warming, the earth’s temperature is expected to increase by 1.5 degrees Celsius within the next 20 years, or even earlier if countries fail to act now. While there haven’t been any studies to show how events are contributing to the situation, the industry is known to overprepare. Think of the excess of brochures, food and packaging produced to accommodate the influx of delegates at every event.
Event organisers spend about US$48 billion on food and beverage in the United States annually. About 40 per cent of that is left unconsumed . Compounded by thousands of events happening globally, coupled with the energy used to power these venues, an uninhabitable earth might come sooner than we think.
 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 8 October 2018, Special Report, “Global Warming of 1.5 Degrees Celsius”
 PCMA, 18 June 2019, “Figuring Out Food Waste at Events”