Food waste reduction is the first topic on the Brown Bag Lecture series hosted by Penticton Museum. (File photo)

Food waste reduction is the first topic on the Brown Bag Lecture series hosted by Penticton Museum. (File photo)

That pizza you didn’t eat is contributing to climate change, says Penticton lecturer

Penticton Museum’s Brown Bag Lectures are back with the first one turning food waste to flower food

That hamburger you didn’t finish last night actually contributes negatively to climate change.

Penticton’s Lori Goldman hopes to bring greater awareness to food waste reduction during her Tuesday (Sept. 21) “Brown Bag Lecture” hosted at the Penticton Museum at noon to 1 p.m.

Food waste that ends up in landfills creates methane gas which has a negative effect on global warming.

According to Goldman, an estimated 40 per cent of Penticton’s Campbell Mountain landfill could be eliminated and turned into garden food.

Her lecture will introduce ideas that the public can employ in their gardens or neighbourhoods to reduce methane emissions while feeding plants.

While Penticton and the RDOS haven’t implemented a compost system yet or offer compost pick up, there are ways we, the public, can change that, reducing methane emissions and feeding our flowers and vegetables, she says.

Goldman, who sits on the board of First Things First Okanagan, is a self-proclaimed passionate composter who looks for ways to keep food waste out of landfills and benefiting gardens. Goldman helped organize the Penticton climate action rally to Gyro Park earlier this month.

The lecture will be held on Tuesday at noon to 1 p.m. in the Penticton Museum auditorium. Admission is by donation; $1 for children and $2 for adults.

The Brown Bag Lecture Series is an opportunity to spice up your lunch hour with interesting presentations and discussions on a variety of heritage and culture topics.

The next Brown Bag Lecture series is on Snakes of the Okanagan with Chloe Howarth on Sept. 28.

READ MORE: Another climate rally planned in Penticton Sept. 24

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