At Future Food Movement we understand that we are the first generation to feel the effects of climate change, and the last generation to find a solution to it. But we aren’t alone in our fight. We need to listen to those who will be affected the most by our actions: the next generation. Bold and brave kids, who are not afraid to challenge. We are here to listen and we want you to hear what they have to say.
That’s why we are partnering with the brilliant VotesforSchools to create a pioneering food-focused Youth Advisory Board. This Board will be the first of its kind in the UK, with a remit of helping the food industry to better manage its impact and produce more climate-smart food. It will not just serve to challenge us and businesses to think differently and improve, but vitally it will provide a megaphone for young people to tell us how they think and feel about the food system and its impact on the environment.
The Board consists of 17 inspirational young people recruited by VotesForSchools. They’ll meet every month to discuss key issues for the food industry and beyond. Once a term, our business members have a chance to join the meeting to ask questions and hear directly from the team on their challenges, ideas and suggestions.
The outputs of the monthly meeting will also be shared as an insight report to our members as further stimulus and to help understand the key issues and challenges from young people when thinking about the food system.
VoteForSchool’s research with over 45k young people between the ages of 4 and 18 found that 95% are concerned about climate change, and a further 81% feel that young people are not being listened to. We’re creating the Youth Advisory Board to try and address this – both in giving young people a platform, and a chance to challenge and influence key players across the food industry.
Our members get to be exposed to new ideas and perspectives and our board members get more of an understanding of the food industry – both as future consumers and employees. It’s a win-win.
Visit our Youth Advisory Board page for more information.