In the last three years, 513 Eco-Schools have engaged in shaping food consumption in a more just and sustainable way and thus have contributed to solving the global challenges of our time.
Altogether 539,000 students were involved in actions around responsible food consumption such as planting vegetables, creating seed banks or campaigning for alternatives to palm oil. Of these, 112,189 have directly organised events about how to stop food waste, eat less meat, find local and seasonal food, and promote farmers who produce it. All this contributes to solving global problems of biodiversity loss, climate change, deforestation, pollution of water, soil and air, unequal share of global resources, and poverty.
The We Eat Responsibly project ran in 9 EU countries from 2015-2018. We Eat Responsibly trained 3,012 teachers in the global dimension of responsible food consumption and 27,696 of their colleagues took part in organising project-related events. The project actively involved 76,000 parents conducting reviews of food consumption habits in 42,212 households. And 114,926 parents took part in some of the project events.
The enthusiasm of all and the impressive project results led to a proposal by the project consortium to include the Theme of Food into the Eco-School Themes. This initiative was presented at the Eco-Schools NOM in Paris and FOOD as a new Theme within Eco-Schools International was accepted.