Reply To: Module 3 – Global Inequality

Dervilla Ryan

Choose a topic related to the Sustainable Development Goals and consider how children might be affected by it at both local and global levels. Post your response (150 words min.) as a reply to this post on how you would encourage your students to take action to support the SDGs in Ireland in support of ESD to 2030 Priority Action Area 5: Accelerating Local Level Actions

Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger. This goal aims to end hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
Unfortunately food poverty is something that is experienced by children all over the world. Children globally do not have access to nutrient dense, healthy food which impacts the child’s social, emotional and physical development. In the Global South, children die from malnutrition every day. In the global North children suffer from serious health implications due to poor diet and obesity.
There is so much room for meaningful discussion and raising awareness here with an older class, being mindful of the sensitive nature of the topic. Learning about the benefits of healthy foods and making good food choices is so important, whilst also discussing the barriers to gaining access to these foods, money. This is relevant both locally and globally.
In motivating the children to take action here to support SDG2 I would draw on the resources in this module and encourage the children to engage in gardening activities combined with eating foods produced by themselves.Shopping locally and looking at where our food comes from is an interesting topic to explore. We could study and decode food labels and promote healthier and sustainable choices across the school in an awareness campaign. A field trip to a local supermarket to research how far our foods have traveled and how this impacts the world could also be linked here. Taking action to support SDG2 will impact other goals too.

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