The Royal Geographic Society, with IBG (Institute of British Geographers), hosted The Energy-Water-Food Stress Nexus, a continuation of their series of discussions of 21st Century Challenges.
21st Century Challenges aims to promote informed discussion of environmental, social, economic and educational issues that are of global interest and that affect our lives. The talk was held at the Society’s headquarters in South Kensington, London, 12 Dec 2012.
So, what’s a Nexus, you may ask? It simply means a connection, or series of connections, linking two or more things. The world’s energy, water and food systems are tightly interlinked – and the burning question is how will these vital resources cope in the coming decades, along with a growing and more prosperous global population? Take a look at the video below, by brewers SAB Miller, for a quick overview.
The RCA Sustain Talks take place at the Royal College of Art and we attended the most recent one, where the theme was Disruptive Food Systems. These talks are a series of lectures which are open to students, staff and also external visitors looking to address sustainability in their work. The speakers were Andrew Thornton of Budgens Crouch End, Kelvin Cheung of Food Cycle, Charlie Paton of the Seawater Greenhouse Project and Julene Aguirre Bielschowsky of project ENTO.
First up was Julene Aguirre Bielschowsky representing a group of RCA masters students who collaborated on a project known as Ento. The aim of the project is to introduce edible insects to the western diet by the year 2020.
Chloe Meineck, a 3D designer and recent graduate from Brighton University, is interested in undertaking challenging topical issues. She works through educational groups and workshops and believes if things are physical and interactive, facts and figures are easier to understand.
One such challenge that Chloe recently took on was how to teach children about embedded carbon emissions? There’s a disconnect between the presentation of endless data, numbers and statistics and the effect that these will have on the environment.