Introducing the eduCCate Global Sustainable Eating Initiative
Madrid, Spain: eduCCate Global today announced a the Sustainable Eating Initiative, aimed at introducing students to sustainable, healthy and exciting food choices that minimise their environmental impact.
“From an early age children are taught how to read and write, but not how to think and live sustainably. The Sustainable Eating Initiative aims to teach simple behaviours and attitudes that have a huge knock-on effect for global sustainability,” said Tim Collins, Co-Founder of the eduCCate Global Sustainable Eating Initiative. “Adopting just one sustainable meal choice a week could be the equivalent of offsetting 2,000 metric tons of carbon footprint emissions a year. We’re talking the equivalent emissions of driving 2 million miles in a fuel car."
The initiative will tackle several fundamental areas:
- A reduction in school food waste
- An understanding of the environmental impacts of food among children
- Teaching children how to sustainably grow food staples using modern-day technology
eduCCate Global has long believed that the power of positive change begins with children - determined to make sustainability a fundamental pillar of modern-day society. Taking a look at some of the world’s most inspirational young Climate Activists and Innovators such as Greta Thunberg, Haaziq Kazi, Bruno Rodriguez amongst countless others and it’s not hard to see why.
Part of eduCCate Global’s ultimate goal is to ensure that Climate Change Awareness and Sustainable Behaviours are present in education from the outset, becoming second nature to children and the society they impact. To get to a sustainable mindset, education must be a key element. Just in the way a child learns to count at school, a child should be taught to live life sustainably, for if there is an opportunity to
change the course of climate change - a sustainable mindset is of the utmost urgency.
Right now 1,000,000,000+ children are in education. We have an opportunity to teach sustainable behaviours and change future generations forever.
The arguments over ‘what one can realistically do’ to make a significant impact is widely debated, what is feasible, what is measurable and what will impact? Despite this, research is clear on some of the biggest human impacts. Globally, food production contributes to approximately 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions and occupies 40% of world land usage. At current and predicted population growth rates, our current agricultural and food practices place us on an unsustainable trajectory. The eduCCate Global Sustainable Eating Initiative aims to set a precedent that delivers from day one, measurable and impactful change when it comes to sustainable eating.
The program will introduce children to the concept of eliminating food waste, challenging and understanding the environmental impacts of the food they eat to make more sustainable choices when it comes to food whilst also teaching children how to grow their food staples sustainably. The initiative aims to introduce pupils to sustainable, healthy and exciting food choices that minimise their environmental impact. If 1,000 schools adopt the program and children introduced to just one sustainable meal choice a week, over the course of a year this would be the equivalent of offsetting up to 2,047 metric tons of carbon footprint emissions each year. eduCCate Global will begin rolling out the initiative to schools with a Climate Change Lead Teacher starting in 2020.
- 61,425 Tons in Annual Carbon Footprint Emissions could be Reduced if once a week children were able to choose a sustainable meal choice in 30,000 schools1
- 1Kg of Beef has an average Carbon Footprint of 27Kg/CO2, the equivalent to driving 63 miles2
- Food production contributes to approximately 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions.3
- Food production occupies 40% of global land usage.
- 70% of freshwater usage is for food production.
- 93% of the world’s fish stocks are fully fished or overfished.
- The livestock sector can be attributed to 14.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
About eduCCate Global
eduCCate Global is a joint partnership with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) to develop and deliver a Climate Change Education Program and UN Accredited Climate Change Teacher to every school worldwide. eduCCate Global launched in April 2018 and is now active in over 11,000 schools worldwide, and more than 11,000 teachers currently in training globally.
Please contact Tim Collins, at tim@eduCCateGlobal.org, +44 7913 828 032 for comment, enquires or to arrange an interview about this press release.