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Food Wave – Empowering Urban Youth for Climate actions


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December 2019-2023

The project at a glance

The Food Wave project aims at increasing EU citizens’ knowledge, awareness, and engagement on sustainable patterns of food consumption and production for climate change mitigation and adaptation. In order to contribute to this wider goal, the project will achieve the following outcome: young people in 16 EU Member States being committed to change their food consumption behaviours and to actively promote the shift towards ecological and inclusive urban food systems, contributing to the EU's efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

To achieve this main objective, the project partners will work on three key pillars: Awareness, Engagement, Communication/Outreach.

Project Description

Pillar 1: Awareness
The project will develop evidence-based information materials on climate changes and food in and between the Global North and South. These materials will help youth in 19 EU cities to be aware of the importance of climate-friendly food consumption behaviours, policies, and food system models impacts.

Pillar 2: Engagement
EU Youth will increase knowledge and capacities in awareness raising and campaigning, and will actively engage in the promotion of practices for sustainable food systems. Offline activities will be organized such as summer and winter schools for young activists; grass-roots initiatives ;and street actions in the field of climate-friendly food consumption behaviours - all led by youth organisations and Local Authorities with the financial support of the project.

Pillar 3: Communication/Outreach
This pillar will develop a Pan-European Digital campaign to widen the EU audience on the importance of sustainable food consumption and urban food policies to tackle climate change. Activities such as European visual arts contests or film festivals will be promoted and will contribute to creating an EU Network of food influencers.

Partners
The project will be implemented in over 21 locations in 17 countries, of which 16 within the European Union and 1 in the Global South (Brazil).

The consortium includes: 17 Local Authorities (LA), 4 LA specialised agencies and 8 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).

Lead partner: Municipality of Milan

Thematic Leads: Mani Tese, Fondazione Acra, ActionAid Italy.

LAs
: the municipalities of Almere, Brasov, Bruges, Frankfurt, London, Malmoe, Madrid, Molenbeek, Murcia, Nea Smyrni, Pest, Turin, Sao Paolo, Sofia, Zagreb, Warsaw.

CSOs
: ActionAid Hellas, Alianza por la Solidaridad, Erasmus Students Network – Italy, Manchester Climate Agency, Lisbon CLLD Network and Wcycle Institute Maribor.


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