So, here we are at MY SUMMIT 2010. All of us, three students from small towns, are getting a huge culture shock. A day and a half has gone by and we have been absolutely blown away – from terrorism to environment discussions, we have been exposed to so much knowledge, and thankfully we have been absorbing it all quite well. And we’re not the only ones; Andy Steer, an international delegate from the United Kingdom had a lot to say about MY SUMMIT 2010.
After a couple of handshakes, we discussed climate change. Andy reported that he had worked hard with the U.K. delegation in regards to how the world, especially the U.K. can reduce the impact and extent of our world’s carbon footprint. He said that the delegation and him personally researched the different pros and cons of nuclear power vs. renewable energy. In the end, he stated, that the delegation decided, in terms of climate change, renewable energy is the direction they want to take in regards to securing a global energy source.
Andy then talked about how he got to this point – for the U.K. Delegation, the British Youth Council was the vehicle that brought him here at MY SUMMIT 2010. He received a phone call advertising the event and sent in his resume. There were over 100 applicants but after a brief telephone interview, Andy was told the good news that he was coming to Canada. Out of 100 applicants, Andy was chosen to be a part of the U.K. delegation.
But now, down to business.
Drew and I as youth ambassadors part of the Food Security team are very interested in how we can guarantee that there is enough food for everyone on our constantly growing planet. Being spoken to by Mr. David Stevenson, David Stevenson is the Director of Policy, Planning and Strategy for the U.N.’s World Food Programme.
Mr. Stevenson spoke on the struggles that we as a globe are dealing with but also on the movements that the WFP has initiated to assist food security in developing countries.
Problems that the WFP has been combating when dealing with food security range from chronic poverty, to food riots, to revolts, and to death. Along with these issues, the other G8 issues are deeply connected with food security and by dealing with food security we will also be aiding in the change of other global issues.
By moving into the villages and communicating one-on-one with community members the WFP helps to establish a strong, sustainable form of agriculture so that they may support themselves. Along with this the WFP provides meals in school for children who do not have their own. By partnering these together the WFP can develop a strong community that can feed itself and abolish poverty.