Food For Earth 24-hour digital marathon looks at sustainable solutions for the planet
Together with the Future Food Institute, FAO’s eLearning Academy marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with a 24-hour Digital Global Marathon on sustainability. Entitled “Food for Earth”, the event brought together a diverse group of experts for a discussion of how sustainable food systems can play a transformative role in the way we live, and the impact we have on the planet.
The event featured multilingual work sessions spread out across the globe, all focused on the regenerative power of food systems. The online discussions moved from east to west, with the first sessions held in China, Japan and India, before moving on to the Middle East, Russia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas. Participants even had a chance to connect with Antarctica during one of the sessions, when scientists based at Concordia Research Station on the Antarctic Plateau joined the discussion.
The event featured participants from a number of backgrounds, providing diverse perspectives on how the transformation of food systems can play an important role in the health of the planet. Indigenous peoples, entrepreneurs, scientists, journalists, young leaders, policymakers and farmers all contributed to the discussion. The event brought together more than 100 expert voices, who were joined by more than 100,000 viewers worldwide throughout the full day.