Climate change poses an ongoing and serious threat to the well-being and future of our children. They not only bear the immediate brunt of consequences such as the disruptions caused by natural disasters but also inherit a legacy of challenges, including environmental degradation and resource depletion. While combating climate change requires significant action from governments and global leaders, it is crucial to recognize that every individual plays a role in securing a sustainable future for all.
World Children’s Day, observed on 20 November 2023, serves as a poignant reminder for FSNet-Africa researchers and stakeholders about the collective responsibility to protect the Earth for future generations. Throughout the FSNet-Africa project, meaningful conversations on climate change and sustainability have taken place, with active research focused on building sustainable food systems in Africa. This critical research underscores the project’s commitment to fostering enduring, sustainable practices that can withstand the test of time, nurturing both the environment and communities.
FSNet-Africa celebrates World Children’s Day by amplifying the voices of youth within its network. Serving as advocates for climate action, these young individuals emphasize the actions needed to address climate change, ranging from simple acts like composting to more impactful efforts such as cleaning up litter. This collective message is a compilation of entries from the FSNet-Africa art and video competition, held as part of the FSNet-Africa Stakeholder Engagement Dialogue from 16 to 18 October 2023. The winning artwork and videos can be viewed here: https://bit.ly/3QoWuzw.
On World Children’s Day and every day, let’s heed the call to action and work towards transforming African food systems. By embracing sustainable practices and fostering a deeper connection with the environment, we can ensure a more resilient and equitable future for generations to come.