08/11/17

A Focus on Zero Hunger (Global Goal 2) by the Townley Global Learning Ambassadors

Over the past few years, as a school we have made a big effort to raise awareness of the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable development. As part of our mission, every year we have taken part in a project called The World’s Largest Lesson, and this year is no different.

To try to support this global goal a Year 12 student wrote a fantastic poem to highlight this cause.  

 

Monday 16th October was World Food day prompting us to consider the amount of food we have in our lives, in comparison to the battle with hunger many face on a daily basis. As Global Ambassadors we took time to research the current statistics surrounding hunger and were shocked to find the following:

  • Globally, one in nine people in the world today (795 million) are undernourished. The vast majority of the world’s hungry people live in developing countries, where 12.9 per cent of the population is undernourished.
  • Asia is the continent with the highest amount of hungry people with two thirds of its total population not having enough food.
  • Southern Asia faces the greatest hunger burden, with roughly 281 million undernourished people.
  • Poor nutrition causes nearly half of deaths in children under five; a staggering 3.1 million children each year and one in four of the world’s children suffer stunted growth due to malnutrition.
  • 66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world, with 23 million in Africa alone.

The Zero hunger goal aims to end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round by the year 2030. It also aims to ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality.

As a school, we already fight to end hunger by donating to the food banks every year for Harvest and many sixth formers volunteer at the food banks as part of their Wellness Wednesday sessions in year 13.  Last year we collected a phenomenal amount of food and with everyone’s help, this year we are aiming to collect even more. 

In the next few weeks, as a school, we will be focusing on the topic of world hunger and raising awareness of the impact of the food we consume on a daily basis.  In order to do this, in form time, we will be discussing whether or not we should limit our meat and dairy consumption, in order to help save the world.

 

 

 

 

 

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