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Youth power to transform food

2020 City Food Symposium on the power of youth to make food healthier and more sustainable.

Teen protest. Photo credit: Pexels

Teen protest. Photo credit: Pexels

In the midst of a climate emergency, and with poor diets established as the world’s leading cause of ill-health, the need for effective and equitable public policy to transform food systems for health and sustainability has never been greater.  At the same time, the voices of youth demanding change are getting louder. Sustain member the Centre for Food Policy asks: how can these voices be heard and included to drive the policy changes needed? 

The 2020 City Food Symposium will bring together examples of youth engagement and youth-led initiatives in the UK and internationally that are aiming to make a difference – and which have already made a difference. It will feature a series of short talks from youth-led initiatives focused on health and sustainability, and workshops from the experts on how to engage and collaborate with young advocates, exploring the challenges and opportunities this presents. It will also ask the question: how can young people engaged on either sustainability or health come together? 

In a new format for the City Food Symposium, the afternoon session will be followed by an evening keynote and panel debate on whether and how harnessing the power of youth can make a difference. Networking opportunities during lunch and prior to the evening session will provide a space for participants to engage with each other. The 2020 City Food Symposium is an opportunity to find out more about engaging with youth in research, advocacy and policy to effect meaningful change to food systems. 

Thursday 23 April 2020
12.00 - 20:00
Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre, Tait Building, City, University of London, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB

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Published 27 Jan 2020

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