Youth, climate change and activism: these are the three keywords of the new Food Wave project, aimed at raising awareness and involving young people aged 15 to 35, so that they can lead the global transition towards a sustainable food system by 2030.
The project is co-financed by the European Union with around 8 million euros through the DEAR (Development Education and Awareness Raising) program and led by the Municipality of Milan in collaboration with Mani Tese, ActionAid Italia, ACRA and foreign partners.
Food Wave aims to reach 15 million young people through a dedicated web platform and digital campaign. During the project, young people will be involved in a broad program of formal and non-formal learning, street action, discussion forums, art contests and international exchanges focused on food production and consumption practices aimed at mitigating climate change and aimed at co -designing a green and inclusive future for our cities.
Mani Tese, in particular, in Italy deals with the organization of activism schools on the theme of FOOD, CLIMATE AND CITY, one of which has already been successfully completed and the other will start in the coming weeks.
“The schools of activism have the aim of giving meaning to abused words such as sustainability and organic – declares Giosuè De Salvo, Head of Advocacy, Campaigns and Education at Mani Tese – to strengthen the role of changemaker of young people and to revitalize the action of third sector through contamination with youth movements for climate and social justice”
On the occasion of Earth Day, which this year specifically addresses climate change with the Global Summit in the United States organized by President Joe Biden, Food Wave launches its online community, connecting activists from 17 countries and 21 urban areas, including including London, Madrid, Warsaw and Sao Paulo in Brazil. In fact, the project involves 16 municipalities and local authorities and 13 civil society organizations, led by the Municipality of Milan. The Food Wave Consortium also includes C40, the international network of cities engaged in the fight against climate change.
The survey by Mani Tese and SWG
According to a survey promoted by the SWG and Mani Tese research center as part of the Food Wave project, young people in Europe show a high degree of activability on environmental issues, but still little knowledge: over 70% of young people interviewed believe that consumers can play a decisive role in reducing the impact on the environment with their food choices; however, only 1 in 4 young people show adequate awareness of the food-climate link. This is why it is so important to strengthen the knowledge and skills of young Europeans and their ability to promote and monitor the agroecological transition towards food systems that respect the environment and people’s rights.
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