Food for Earth G20 Edition Highlights Missed Climate Opportunity at G20 Session
G20 Catania, Italy. June 22, 2021 – Educational poverty, lessons learned from the pandemic, international cooperation for education, and enforcement of the relation between education and labor. These were the priorities of the G20 Education and Labor in Catania (Sicily), held on June 22, 2021.
But what is missing from this list is the climate crisis as climate education was glaringly absent from the list of governmental priorities discussed during these meetings.
What about climate literacy? Where is the education for training climate shapers, able to adapt and mitigate our most pressing global challenge?
Despite the Italian government’s leadership in the field, and its outstanding example as the first country to integrate climate change into education programs, the most important countries in the world did not include this issue among their priority discussion points. This is indicative of certain policymakers’ oversight or avoidance. These leaders have a responsibility to leverage their power to protect future generations.
In parallel to the policy session of the G20, Future Food Institute, FAO, and Isola Catania organized “Food for Earth G20 Edition,” a global side event focused on the relationship between food and climate, in the contexts of both education and labor. The event, held at Palazzo Biscari in Catania, hosted entrepreneurs, startups, innovators, schools, associations, policymakers, institutions, young talents, and many international organizations such as Reboot the Future and Washington-based Earth Day Network.
The President of Earth Day Network and the President of Future Food Institute, both deeply involved and committed to fighting climate change and raising awareness on the issue, took a strong position on the outcomes of the G20.
“I believe that G20 missed a huge opportunity. We will not have any future at all without investing in climate friendly solutions and educating a global community of changemakers and climate shapers. Humanity should be aware of it and policymakers should lead the change, inspiring their communities to act on climate. Instead, the G20 Education and Labor sessions seemed to ignore the millions of people asking for climate literacy. Future Food Institute continues to work in this direction, but we need all of humanity working towards the same sustainable goal. We believe that the Italian government represents a benchmark to follow and we hoped that its presidency, in the current G20, would have demonstrated the right model. Unfortunately, that was not the case.”
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