The United Nations has identified food system transformation as an urgent priority. Food systems contribute nearly one third of greenhouse gas emissions and up to 80 per cent of biodiversity loss. Yet, more than 3.1 billion people in the world cannot afford a healthy diet. 900 million people suffer severe hunger.
Moving away from business as usual will require national and international action at governmental level. With their influence over the 80% of the global population who profess adherence to a particular faith, the faiths have a vital role to play in securing better human, animal and planetary health.
•Dr Vandana Shiva, Activist, Academic and Campaigner
•Azmaira Alibhai, Faith & Ecosystems Coordinator, Faith for Earth, UNEP
•Martin Palmer, Founding President, FaithInvest
•Dr David Clough, Chair of Theology and Applied Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Co-founder, CreatureKind
•Dr Thomas Legrand, Lead Technical Advisor, Conscious Food Systems Alliance (UNDP)
•Dr Marium Husain, Lead author, Islam and Food Systems (UNEP)
•Joyce D’Silva, Ambassador Emeritus, Compassion in World Farming
•Rabbi Yonatan Neril, Founder, The Interfaith Center of Sustainable Development
The webinar will be introduced by Philip Lymbery, Global CEO, Compassion in World Farming and chaired by Susie Weldon, Director of Communications, FaithInvest.
The webinar will:
•Share the positions of faiths on food systems
•Share examples of practical faith projects in support of food system transformation towards regenerative, agroecological food and farming
•Share examples of faith projects that encourage a shift to more plant-based, sustainable diets
•Provide knowledge and inspiration for faith leaders and believers to make their voices heard in at local, national and international policy levels
•Build momentum for the priorities outlined in the UN Secretary General’s recent report: Making food systems work for people and planet