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‘Young, meat free: it’s simple?!’: Sustainable diets, climate change and individual choices - 3

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What’s on offer?

Professor Jennie Macdiarmid and Dr Heather Morgan will host a pre-recorded TEDx talk by Professor Jonathan Foley, who studies complex environmental systems and their effects on society. They will then lead a Q&A and discussion on the issues raised.


What’s it about?

Running alongside COP26, the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, we will host a series of daily events and activities aimed at engaging young people with our previous research on sustainable diets and climate change. We did some work with local 11-16 year olds in 2013, but since then we’ve seen Greta Thunberg establish ‘Fridays for Future’ and more recently 12 year old Jude Walker walking 200 miles from his home to London to raise awareness around climate change. So, what do young people think now? We will be seeking their input into the design of a follow-on project that will look at how individual ideas and choices have or have not changed, while also exploring how social media influences young people’s perceptions of food choices and climate change. Today we're hosting a "watch party" with a TEDx talk by Jonathan Foley: A skyrocketing demand for food means that agriculture has become the largest driver of climate change, biodiversity loss and environmental destruction. Jonathan Foley shows why we desperately need to begin "terraculture" -- farming for the whole planet. You will then have a chance to discuss and share ideas.

Who’s leading the event?

Professor Jennie Macdiarmid, Chair in Sustainable Nutrition and Health, The Rowett Institute, University of Aberdeen

Open to


Of particular interest to

Young people

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