Last Updated on: 6th April 2023, 02:35 pm
ProVeg International has appointed twenty global youth to its board and they will be tasked to push for food system change.
In a statement issued on April 6, 2023, the global food awareness NGO, said the new youth board will advise ProVeg on pushing the global transition to more plant-based diets in the run-up to this year’s UN climate summit, COP28 in Dubai.
COP28 will be convened from November 30 to December 12, 2023, and the new youth board members are charged with helping to raise awareness about the need for food system change among the delegates from nearly 200 countries.
Animal agriculture is responsible for around 20% of global carbon emissions, widespread deforestation, and biodiversity loss and a shift to more plant-based diets will help bring down carbon emissions and avoid ecosystem collapse.
“Getting young people involved in lobbying for food system change is vital to keep the momentum going towards progress in tackling climate change,” Juliette Tronchon, Senior Policy and Public Affairs Specialist at ProVeg said.
“Our youth board members are already seasoned activists who are fully aware of the issues facing the food system and have taken the initiative to fight for a future on the planet. They are ideally positioned, particularly on social media, to engage with the public and policymakers to show how plant-based diets will help bring us back from the brink of climate chaos. We are thrilled to have them on board,” Tronchon added.
ProVeg says the youth board members are truly global, hailing from North and Sub-Saharan Africa, the Americas, Europe, and Asia, revealing that they beat off stiff competition from more than 100 other applicants to win a place on the board.
Jenipher Alum, 24, Uganda
Jenipher is a Ugandan Food Scientist with professional experience in climate advocacy and innovation. She is passionate about sustainable consumption and production, as well as youth empowerment. Follow Jennipher on Instagram and LinkedIn.
Joshua Omonuk, 27, Uganda
Joshua Omonuk is a climate-justice activist from Uganda. After realizing that climate change affects all of us and that many communities may not be able to adapt, Joshua quit his full-time job and devoted all his time to making a tangible contribution towards a better tomorrow for all. Follow Joshua on Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
“Climate-induced loss and damage are distributed unevenly among world regions, though global south is affected the most,” he said in 2022, adding in the same year that, “Africa is not a country, it is a continent with over 50 countries; Africa is responsible for less than 4% of global GHG emissions.”