template tag.php | Displays the content of a tag

Climate Action to the Table: Cycle of Conferences

It also motivates faster biodiversity loss, which poses a risk to the existence of human civilisation. Partnering organisations in the Climate Action to the Table project are spreading important messages through the organisation of different events, trainings for educators, interactive games for children and much more.

As part of the Climate Action to the Table project Fundesplai from Barcelona, Spain and Umanotera, The Slovenian Foundation for Sustainable Development from Ljubljana, Slovenia are organising live and online events and conferences on the topics of climate friendly and sustainable food.

1st event: Civil society participation in shaping sustainable food systems

Fundesplai (lead partner) organised the conference “Civil society participation in shaping sustainable food systems” (January 2022, online). Speakers from various backgrounds presented the importance of strengthening the link between food growers and consumers, the importance of promoting organic food and the role of local economies in shaping sustainable food systems.

Programme of the event

2nd event: National conference about climate friendly catering 

At the National conference about climate friendly catering (March 2022, Ljubljana) organised by Umanotera Slovenian and foreign speakers spoke about the importance of sustainable catering practices and shared their practical experience about reducing environmental impact through food.

Recording of the event part 1,

Recording of the event part 2

Programme of the event

Photographs from the event

3rd event: Sustainable school food: Global challenges, local solutions 

At the conference “Sustainable school food: Global challenges, local solutions” (April 2022, online) organised by Fundesplai, school food programs were compared by country. Different countries and realities were presented in order to show how they cope with different challenges regarding school food programs: minimizing waste, reducing the consumption of animal protein and increasing the consumption of fresh and local food.

Programme of the event

Recording of the event

4th event: Practices for a sustainable restaurant business

The conference “Practices for a sustainable restaurant business” (May 2022, Barcelona) by Fundesplai was attended by members of other partner organisations in the project.

Recording of the event

5th event: Environment-friendly and healthy food – how can we recognise it? 

This event was organised by Umanotera in collaboration with Slovene Consumers’ Association. The title and also the main question of the event was: Environment-friendly and healthy food – how can we recognise it? (May 2022, online). The speakers discussed sustainable certificates and labels, the consumers’ role and greenwashing in food labelling – both from a consumer and a systemic point of view.

Recording of the event

Programme of the event

All the events were attended by a large number of participants who agreed that adopting more sustainable food consumption patterns is of utmost importance – we will not solve the climate crisis only by changing our own food decisions, but the current crisis cannot adequately be addressed without it.

There are more interesting events and content to come in the upcoming months, until the end of the project in February 2023.

EUKI in German TV: Report on Young Volunteers and Students within the Project Humus per la Biosfera

Two films were made from the material, which can be seen here:

“Sizilien abseits der Touristenpfade-Wo junge Freiwillige Abenteuer erleben” in German 29 min.

“Die brachliegende Kornkammer” in German 6 min.

Further Information

Film crew in sicily ©Giacche Verdi Bronte

Humus per la Biosfera: Formation and Sensitisation for Humus Growth

The face-to-face conference was aimed at 82 high school agricultural students from two schools and their teachers (12), as well as GV staff, their volunteers and four university students. The live webinar was attended by 76 farmers who had recently participated in a survey conducted by GV/MHS and the University of Catania on the economic and environmental situation of their farms. Thus, there was a direct flow of information to students and future farmers as well as active farmers.

Further Information

©Giacche Verdi Bronte

Under the moderation of the school representative Romano Stella (third from right), speakers and topics were:

Pino Firrarello (mayor of Bronte and senator in Rome, third from left): Words of welcome.

Prof. Alessandro Scuderi (Uni Catania, Dept. Economics, second from left): Findings from the survey of local farmers, e.g. the higher biodiversity of small farms and their prospects in the planned biosphere reserve “Terre della Biosfera”.

Stefanie Hermsen (MHS, first from right): Experiences and good practice examples relevant for Sicily from the German biosphere reserve Rhön.

Prof. Paolo Guarnaccia (Uni Catania, Dept. Agriculture, Food and Environment, second from right): Global situation of food security in relation to soil degradation and, referring to our current project “Humus per la Biosfera”, the necessity of humus build-up, both for fertility and for climate protection.

The students and farmers continue to participate in the EUKI project “Humus per la Biosfera”, as well as the University of Catania and four of its students led by Prof. Paolo Guarnaccia.

Humus per la Biosfera: Indoor Environmental Education for School Children

©Giacche Verdi Bronte

In format of a comic story the previously created PowerPoint presentation informed about the relevance of humus growth for a healthy environment.

The children were interactively involved in small filtration experiments after the presentation and participated curiously, with great interest while asking many questions.

Further information

©Giacche Verdi Bronte

Now the project is about to start the second educational phase with the same children, deepening their knowledge by outdoor activities. Together with the same children compost boxes will be permanent installed in the schoolyards so that each school can actively produce its own humus.

©Giacche Verdi Bronte

©Giacche Verdi Bronte

©Giacche Verdi Bronte