The opportunity for students to pose questions to a panel of scientists and WWF experts on June 17th signaled the final virtual WWF – Globeducate summit of this academic year. From Canada to Italy, students and teachers gathered for an hour-long WWF Our Planet, Our Business webinar following a 30-minute viewing of the WWF film, Our Planet, Our Business. This followed other online meetings and summits which have been taking place for our students across the world with WWF since April.
The panel included: Jonnie Hughes, Producer, Silverback Films; Dr Emma Keller, Head of Food Policy at WWF; Colin Butfield, Director of Our Planet Programme, WWF-UK; and Gareth Redmond-King, Head of Climate Change Policy, WWF-UK.
Kat Machin, Our Planet Youth Officer, chaired the webinar and said, “Hands down, this webinar presented the most challenging and intellectual questions, and inspiring responses, that I have seen to date.”
Jonnie Hughes talked about the role film and storytelling plays in changing social norms and motivating people to want to bring about change. Dr Emma Keller discussed the impact that food has on deforestation, carbon emissions and why it has never been so important to protect our abundant and diverse wildlife system.
Did you know?
- Whilst we waste 1/3 of the food currently produced in the world, 821 million people are going hungry and 1.9 billion are overweight or obese.
- 75% of Earth´s food supply draws on just 12 crops and 5 livestock species
A key message that came out of the webinar was that nature gives us so much for free; with our own behaviours and choices, we can all encourage politicians and businesses to make the choices that will protect what nature provides.
Iria Padilla (Agora Sant Cugat) asked: “At this time, many sustainable resources are not accessible to everyone, making many people reluctant to use them. What steps are being taken to make sustainable products affordable to the world´s population?”
Marc Garrigos from Agora Lledo asked, “What can we do as a school or individuals to influence businesses to change their unsustainable approaches?”
Chiara Aylett, Stonar: Given the current rate of warming of the atmosphere and considering the varied political interests of different countries (many of whom are not part of the UN). Do you think that the United Nations Sustainability Goals are still achievable by 2030?
Education Director Oanh Crouch said: “What an incredible opportunity for our Globeducate students to engage in a professional webinar, to expand their knowledge base and to have their questions answered directly by the WWF panel of experts. The students relished being able to understand issues that clearly align with their environmental, science or geography curriculum while being provided with key messages on actions they can take individually and collectively to impact our planet´s future.”
Schools taking part in this event were: Agora Sant Cugat, Agora Portals, Agora Madrid, Agora Lledo, O Castro British School and Colegio Areteia in Spain, Rome International School, Southlands International School and Canadian School of Florence in Italy; Blyth Academy: Burlington, Yorkville, Whitby, Etobicoke and Lawrence Park in Canada, and Stonar, ICS London and EBICA.