Safeguarding our food supply in the face of climate change
There is a silent extinction underway in the world of plants.
We’ve all heard of the troubling mass extinction of animal life, so it may come as a surprise to hear that seeds are in even deeper trouble. Since the turn of the century, 93% of US seed varieties have gone extinct and with them the diversity of our meals. As clearly shown in the infographic published by National Geographic’s John Tomanio, nature’s tastiest gifts have dramatically disappeared across the past century. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (the FAO), 75% of the world’s food is now generated from only 12 plants and five animal species.
This means not only less interesting dishes for our dinner plates, but has implications for global food security. With projections of 9 billion mouths to feed by 2050, the time is now to safeguard what remains of agricultural genetic diversity. An urgent race is underway globally to collect and bank seeds that may hold within them the genetic keys to drought or pest resistance – an insurance policy for safeguarding our future food supply in a climate-changed world.
This event will feature senior consultants from: SustainAbility, Accenture Sustainability Services, Ernst & Young Sustainability Services, and BSR. This is a great opportunity to learn about the sustainability consulting space and engage with consultants from top-tier firms.
Discussion topics will include: the type of work done by each firm, a day in the life of a sustainability consultant, interesting projects, industry trends, the recruiting process, etc. – the goal is to expose attendees to the industry.
Everyone is invited to join the organizers and panelists for drinks following the event!
After the five of us put on our new hats as the board members of SUMA Net Impact, we wondered what kind of events and activities would be best suited to the SUMA student community, of which we were a part too! While we could have just gone with our instincts, we realized that our interests could be very different from the larger SUMA community’s needs or interests. Hence, like all people who are looking for direction, we decided to ask! We conducted a simple 2 question survey which received more than 25 responses in over a week’s time. Our main objective was to understand what our community’s target industries are.
Corporate Sustainability and Management Consulting came out right on the top. Other areas that formed part of the top 5 choices were clean tech, urban planning / government and sustainable development. Careers in green buildings, finance, power generation, international organizations, policy and scientific research were next in line. We plan to use the results of this quick survey to prioritize our event related outreach, however we will try to address all interest areas as comprehensively as possible.
Also, there was a lucky draw prize to be won by one of our respondents! Stay tuned to find out if you won!!!
In May 2015, the outgoing board consisting of excellent SUMA students helped a new board transition in to lead the SUMA Net Impact chapter for the rest of 2015. To learn more about the new board members, visit this page, click here.