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June 15th at 9:00am CDT - June 15th at 10:30am CDT

Big Meat and Dairy are heating up the planet: Learnings from the Emissions Impossible series

Date & Time

Thursday, June 15

4-5:30 p.m. CEST/9-10:30 a.m. CDT/10-11:30 a.m. EDT


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In 2018, GRAIN and IATP estimated for the first time the greenhouse gas emissions of 35 of the biggest meat and dairy corporations in our report Emissions Impossible: How Big Meat and Dairy are heating up the planet. The findings were staggering: Just five meat and dairy companies together emitted more GHGs than Exxon, Shell or BP. We called for regulation of corporate emissions and redirection of public funds and policy towards a just transition out of mass industrial livestock production. IATP went on to publish three more reports in the Emissions Impossible series: Milking the Planet; Emissions Impossible Europe; and Emissions Impossible: Methane Edition (co-published with the Changing Markets Foundation).

Combined, the findings of these four reports from 2018 to 2022 have been covered over 1,300 times by media outlets in 78 countries. Various entities have used our emissions estimates, including Feedback, which launched a divestment campaign against Big Livestock in 2020. Our findings and those of our partners, including DeSmog, led to the creation of a website this year that exposes the climate narrative and greenwashing tactics deployed by big meat and dairy corporations.

Since 2018, however, big meat and dairy corporations have adapted rapidly to the growing scrutiny on their emissions and climate ambition. This webinar examines how livestock corporations have shifted their narrative and tactics to evade scrutiny. IATP presents our insights from the series and brings together our partners to share insights from their respective work. What do these learnings mean for campaigning, advocacy and mobilization on big meat and dairy’s climate impact from a rights and environmental justice perspective? What are the big opportunities for change and big obstacles in the next 3-5 years? Join us for this discussion.

Open to civil society and members of the media.


Additional panelists to be announced. See our confirmed speakers below: 

Shefali Sharma, Director, IATP Europe                                                     

Shefali Sharma is the director of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) European office based in Berlin. From the global production of feed grains to meat processing and retail, her publications in the past decade have focused on the economic, social and environmental impacts of the global meat and dairy industries. Shefali established IATP’s Geneva office in 2000 and led its Trade Information Project for several years. She has worked with and consulted for several other civil society organizations, such as the Malaysia-based Third World Network, as the South Asia coordinator of the Bank Information Center, based in Delhi, and ActionAid International. She has a MPhil from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) in Sussex and a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from the College of William and Mary.

Nusa Urbancic, Campaigns Director, Changing Markets Foundation 

Nusa has been with the Changing Markets Foundation since it was founded in 2015 and her role was to set up the organization’s main office in London and to manage the team of Changing Markets campaigners. She leads the development of strategies and oversees the implementation of the Foundations’ campaigns, research and media work. Before joining Changing Markets, she worked for over 6 years in Brussels-based NGO Transport & Environment leading its Energy program, advocating for more climate-friendly European policies on transport fuels, resulting in significant political reforms at the EU level. Nusa has a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Ljubljana and an LLM in Human Rights from London-based Birkbeck University. 

Michaela Herrmann, Lead Researcher, DeSmog                           

Michaela is the Lead Researcher at DeSmog and oversees the U.K. team's special research projects, with a particular focus on agribusiness and the livestock sector. 

Devlin Kuyek, Researcher, Global programme, GRAIN

Devlin Kuyek is a researcher with GRAIN, an international organization that works to support small farmers and social movements in their struggles for community-controlled and biodiversity-based food systems. Over the past two decades at GRAIN, his work has focused on monitoring and analyzing global agribusiness, in close collaboration with social movements across the world. He lives in Montreal, Canada.

Martin Bowman, Senior Policy and Campaigns Manager, Feedback Global

Martin Bowman is Senior Policy and Campaigns Manager at Feedback, coordinating Feedback’s campaigns on big livestock finance and food waste regulations. He is co-author of a number of Feedback reports including A New Front in Divestment Campaigning, Green Gas Without the Hot Air and No Time to Waste, and has previously worked on Feedback’s campaigns on anaerobic digestion, eco-feed, sugar and gleaning. He has also worked with This Is Rubbish on a number of campaigns for food waste regulations at UK and EU level. He is a TEDx speaker, and a contributor to the Routledge Handbook of Food Waste.

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