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Working Towards Sustainability – UN Sustainable Development Goals Speaker Series

In 2015, the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (a blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet) which included 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are a call for action to end poverty, protect the planet, reduce inequality, improve health and education, and ensure peace and prosperity around the globe by 2030.

All people have the ability to be part of making the goals outlined in the SDGs become a reality.

Join us for three Facebook Live events to hear about three of the Sustainable Development Goals, complete an activity to explore the SDG and learn how your actions can support the realization of these goals.

You can reach our Facebook page to get connected to the Live event by clicking here.

Join us September 29th at 7pm Every night, 800 million people around the world go to bed hungry. Many of these people are young. Children who are hungry cannot learn. Adults who are hungry cannot work, and hunger at its extreme can kill.  Did you know that as a young person, you have an opportunity to discuss these important issues? You have a voice and the power to be a part of a solution to global hunger. The United Nations has established a goal of Zero Hunger by 2030. Join June Matthews for a conversation that will help you to understand the COMPLEXITY of the problem including the many causes of hunger. By working together to think critically about why and where hunger exists in our world and by discussing possible solutions that are appropriate for the people who face hunger and food insecurity, this presentation will lead you through different concepts and considerations in some of the ways everyone of us, but particularly young people can CONTRIBUTE to making this Sustainable Development Goal a reality.

With Speaker: Dr. June Matthews, PhD, RD, PHEc, is an Associate Professor in the School of Food and Nutritional Sciences at Brescia University College and an Adjunct Research Professor with the School of Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies at Western University in London, Ontario. As a Professional Home Economist and a Registered Dietitian, Dr. Matthews values a holistic approach to teaching and learning about the whole food system, from the farmer’s fork to the eater’s fork to the compost fork. Her current areas of research include food skills, agriculture education, and Canadian farmers’ perspectives on sustainable food production.

As part of this presentation, you’ll be able to follow along with an activity “How Much Soil Is There In The World?” Here are the materials you’ll need to have with you:

  • An apple
  • Plastic knife
  • Cutting board
  • Paper towels

Activity instructions will be posted for download here before the event in case you would like to read along.

Join us October 7th at 7pm Research and innovation in cow management, housing, and breeding have helped Canadian dairy farmers produce more milk, more efficiently. While Canadian milk production already has one of the lowest carbon footprints per litre of milk in the world, dairy farmers are continuing to search for ways to be more sustainable. Many farmers work to identify the equipment and practices that can make their operations more efficient. Others use new methods to recycle water, convert cow manure into renewable energy, and improve cow comfort and care. Due to improved practices in cow comfort, improved feed and genetics, and modern barn design, the environmental impact of producing a litre of milk today has shrunk, now requiring less water, less land and showing a smaller carbon footprint than it did in 20 years ago.  The genetics of the cow play a big role in these improvements. The goal of my talk is to describe how cows are selected to ensure a safe and sustainable source of milk and milk products.

With Speaker: Christine Baes is an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in the Department of Animal Biosciences at the University of Guelph in Canada, and a scientist and lecturer in the Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Bern in Switzerland. Her research focuses on improving the health, welfare, efficiency and productivity of farm animals.  She grew up on a dairy farm just outside of Mitchell, Ontario, and participated in a number of 4-H clubs in her youth. In her spare time, she runs a small cash crop farm outside of Maryhill, Ontario. 

Join us October 12th at 7pm

When we take care of our mental wellness, we set ourselves up for more ease, enjoyment and success in all areas of our life. While stress is unavoidable, the skills to deal with it are learnable, and dare we say, fun! In this presentation you’ll learn practical ways to better manage the hard stuff that life throws at you and the stress that comes with it, building your own toolkit of resilience! You’ll also learn ways to better support the mental wellness of those in your life

With Speaker: Jenna Goodhand. Jenna is known for her creative and out-of-the-box business and community initiatives. For the past decade she has been focused on coaching and consulting youth entrepreneurs, while also training and presenting at public and corporate events. For the past 8 years, Jenna has been teaching on neuroscience to youth in an engaging, relatable way. She has many passions – mostly to see others succeed, and her fresh approach to heavy topics disarms her audience, and helps them to re-frame their struggles. Jenna hosts a local TV show, and is currently the Director of The Hive London, a community and co-working space that fosters community and personal development. She has many passion projects and will probably own a pet pig one day.

4-H Ontario would like to thank Scouts Canada for their collaboration in creation of this event.