Glasgow students go viral with COP26 Greggs protest but highlight that food waste is no joke

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Adham and Rory pictured with sign in front of Argyle Street branch of Greggs during COP26 march. Photo Credit: Adham Sanoufi 

Two Glasgow students have gone viral on social media after being pictured at a COP26 rally earlier this week with a sign proclaiming “No Planet, No Greggs”. 

Adham Sanoufi and Rory Matheson, who are currently studying at the University of Glasgow, were pictured while taking part in one of the many protests which have taken place across the city this month.

Adham then tweeted out the image along with its witty message. 

When the company, which is based in the northeast of England caught wind of the post, they had no delay in getting in on the fun comparing the pair to climate activist Greta Thunberg in a twitter reply reading…

Pic credit: Twitter

When asked about the reasoning behind the sign, Adham revealed that his friend Rory was the brains behind it and explained the message was to simply show that, “When there is no planet left, after the climate catastrophe, there’s not gonna be any Greggs left”. 
 
Rory then added that the sign managed to get a good reaction from the people of Glasgow:

“I guess it has a more serious message as well which is that we agree with Greta and everyone else in the march.

“It’s all a bit of nonsense, all these trade deals that they sign at these meeting and conferences.

“They don’t mean much, and they don’t meet those targets” 
 
The protest, while fun, does remind us of the danger that climate change could have on our everyday life with many activists warning against the effect food production and waste could be having on our planet. 
 
According to food charity FareShare, “if food waste were a country, it would be the third-biggest greenhouse gas emitter, behind China and USA”. 
 
In February 2021, Greggs set out a plan to tackle this issue in their “Gregg’s pledge” which was a set of sustainability standards that it hoped to achieve before 2025.  
 
Within those included becoming 100% carbon neutral and a pledge to cut food waste by 25% which would reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions the company produces. 
 
In a follow-up tweet Adham appealed to the baking giants enquiring, “can I please get free vegan sausage rolls”.  
 
When asked if he had received any reply to his request Adham made me privy to a conversation he had with the digital content manager of Greggs who replied to him asking for his address to send over some goodies.  

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