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Newcastle WINS Virtual Event: Changing ways we consume, eat and shop

July 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

The pandemic has challenged the global food system potentially changing consumption forever. How can we harness these changes for good?

About this Event

*We’re very mindful that many of you are facing financial uncertainty at present. If that means you are unable to pay, please do grab a free place to join us for this online event. For those who are able to pay, please buy a ticket as revenues from sales are essential to enable us to provide ongoing support.*

The UN has declared that we face the worst global food crisis for 50 years whilst locally we have seen a seismic shift in how we view and consume food and in the way that we shop. What do issues such as food security and changing consumer behaviours mean for us as both as leaders in sustainability and as consumers?

We’ve also witnessed the strain and instability of supply chains, particularly during the lead up to and the early stages of the lockdown, coupled with food poverty both globally and regionally.

Join us to discuss global challenges and to explore how the emerging shifts in mindset and behaviours might be harnessed through our own roles to impact globally and locally.

Dr Niki Rust is an environmental social scientist and geographer at the Centre of Rural Economy at Newcastle University. She has recently founded a new non-profit called Be In The Change with a mission to empower youth to become future changemakers to make the world a more sustainable place. Food and agricultural are key drivers affecting the sustainability of the planet. How we transform the food system to become more sustainable remains a significant challenge for countries around the globe. This talk will explain the power of sharing stories and building connections to develop the inspiration and confidence for local communities to help create sustainable impact in their local agrifood community.

Gwen Young has been the local Riverford ‘veg-lady’ for Newcastle ever since she joined the company on Valentine’s Day in 2007. Gwen guided the business through the financial crash of the noughties and through the worst of the pandemic and the associated panic buying. Gwen has been interested in all things sustainable for the 18 years, coinciding with the birth of her first child. She began using cotton nappies before they were ‘trendy’!

Who is this event for?

Our network Hubs are for women, and those identifying as being female, whose work focuses in some way on building a greener, healthier or happier world, at all levels and sectors.

  • You may have been working in sustainability for a while but are looking for a change of sector or even setting up on your own
  • You could be new to sustainability and want to get prepared for the road ahead
  • You might be established in your career and wondering how you can progress and get better at making a difference, maximising your talents
  • You’ve had a varied career and have wisdom to share

You’ll come away with inspiration, energy and new insights about your own situation, as well as strategies and tactics that supports your personal and professional development.

So many of us are juggling work with other commitments and family life. Children and pets are welcome to join and please feel free to mute you mic or turn your camera off if you prefer.

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