About the movement
More than half of the world’s population is under the age of 30. As it currently stands, these young people are at risk of inheriting a planet that will be over four degrees warmer, that will threaten the availability and nutritional quality of what they eat, the air they breathe and the communities they live in. The Food Foundation, and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) are supporting a group of youth food activists from all over the world to grow a movement campaigning for urgent action to defeat hunger, improve health and heal the planet.
The Act4Food Act4Change campaign starts with a simple pledge and list of actions. The pledge brings together young people from around the world to focus on their personal actions as a contribution to food systems change. The “Actions 4 Change”, are a list of actions that young people want businesses and policy makers around the world to do in order to fix our broken food system. These actions are being developed as part of a global youth consultation.
Once finalised, the Actions 4 Change will become an important advocacy tool as young people urge Governments and businesses in their own countries to take action. Our vision is to put young people at the forefront of food systems transformation and over the course of the next 10 years, enable them to work with today’s leaders to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
What are the Actions 4 Change?
Young people all over the world are compiling their list of Actions 4 Change. Once finalised, this list will be an advocacy tool used at key international events and when advocating for change within their own countries
Everyone should be able to afford healthy and nutritious food
Educate everyone about food and its impact on our planet and our health
Every child should eat a healthy and sustainable meal at school, college or nursery
Use advertising to promote healthy food and restrict junk food advertising
Retailers and food businesses must reduce food waste
Introduce Environmental Food Labelling
Ban single-use plastics in food and drink packaging
Promote Plant-based diets
Back sustainable farming to regenerate our soils and reduce damaging chemicals
Stop deforestation and make livestock farming more sustainable
Put a stop to unsustainable fishing
Create employment for young farmers and agri-preneurs
Ensure young people from all backgrounds benefit from food system change
Ensure young people have a seat at the table at every level of decision-making
Support local growers and food producers with subsidies and tax incentives
Protect food production from political disruption, conflicts and the effects of climate change
Value local and indigenous food knowledge
The Act4Food Pledge
We know our current food systems contribute to ongoing health, climate, and biodiversity crises, and violation of human rights. We will only be able to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals with a fundamental transformation of our food systems.
While we as young people have been excluded from most political and economic decision-making processes, we are also the ones who will live the longest with the consequences of decisions made today.
We pledge to act. And we demand urgent large-scale action from others, especially from decision makers in Government and business.
As youth we #Act4Food #Act4Change to support #GoodFood4All