Leading on Sustainability Series
Please join us for a discussion series on the opportunities, challenges and practices of taking leadership for sustainability.
- Offer presentations, small and large group discussions, and time for networking
- Link to the development of a virtual learning network, for those who wish to join this (it is not essential for attending the event). Click here to go directly to the Leadership for Sustainability Learning Network
The next of these events will take place on:
Wednesday 18th May 2011: Promoting Sustainability in the Food System
Time: 10.00am - 3.45pm, including refreshments and lunch, with registration from 9.30am
Speakers at the event include:
Dr Charlie Clutterbuck - Research Fellow, Department of Food Policy at City University London. With 30 years’ experience, one of the world's leading authorities on food and the environment.
- Colin Cox and Christine Raiswell - Food Futures, Manchester City Council. Food Futures is a partnership with an interest in improving food in the city of Manchester. Its ambitious goal is to create a culture of good food in the city, based on the belief that good food is enjoyable, safe, nutritious, environmentally sustainable, and produced ethically and fairly; and that everyone in Manchester, regardless of income or background, has a right to good food.
- Mary Clear - Incredible Edible Todmorden. "We are passionate people working together for a world where all share responsibility for the future wellbeing of our planet and ourselves. We aim to provide access to good local food for all, through, working together, learning – from field to classroom to kitchen and supporting local business. We speak the common language of food to make change happen".
- Angela Towers - Angela draws on a lifetime of living and working in the food system to give a unique perspective on some of the issues, tensions and opportunities - from primary production to consumer perspectives. The past decade working on food policy for the North West region, which has recently seen big change, adds a further dimension.
- Andrew Birchall - is a supplier who rears rare breed animals and sells produce directly to consumers. He will talk about some of the issues in supplying direct, particularly the gap between the apparent interest in and demand for locally produced meat and the number of consumers who actually change behaviour and start to source meat locally and directly, rather than from supermarkets.
Food production and processing is a significant contributor to the UK economy and to the UK's carbon footprint. There is much talk about the need for more sustainable, resilient food systems and food security, but persistent issues include water availability, over nutrition, under nutrition, inequalities, transport, access, waste, biodiversity, animal welfare and recently, increasing food prices. These issues may well be exacerbated by the need to feed a projected global population of 9 billion by 2030 – some see this as a challenge, others as an opportunity.
As more and more of our food comes to us via mass production, we, as end consumers, can lose connection with our food and its provenance. Our current food origins are often global, long, complex distant and remote yet local and community actions can influence the building of resilient local food systems and food security, as well as re-building that connection with our food.
This workshop will explore key food system and sustainability issues – followed by case studies, from around the North West region, of local and community actions for building more sustainable food supplies. We aim to provide inspiration, practical ideas and learning for all.
The day will also include small group and plenary discussions, and networking.
All participants will be invited to join the virtual Leadership for Sustainability Learning Network for the North West (the LSLN).
The LSLN is a web based learning network for people who want to engage with other individuals, organizations, sectors and communities in the North West and beyond, to promote networking, dialogue and identify and share resources for taking effective action on sustainability. Its development is supported by Higher Education Innovation Funding (HEIF). Click here to find out more about the LSLN and how to join.
There is a fee of £30. The event is supported by Higher Education Innovation Funding (HEIF) and there are a limited number of discounted and free places available. To book a place please link to the University online payment system: Click here - or to apply for a discounted/free place please contact:
Kate Mitchell - Department of Management Learning & Leadership, Lancaster University