In all of the ecosystems we are living it and which we are nurtured by, biological diversity is essential to preserve the health of human beings. The food we eat, the air we breathe, the environment in which we live depend on keeping the natural world healthy.
Now global ecosystems are facing unprecedented threats. Nature is in decline. This degradation is the direct result of anthropic activity and constitutes a threat to human well-being, resulting in eroding the very foundations of our economies, food safety, health and quality of life worldwide too.
In this context, the protection of biodiversity, of which the international day is celebrated on May 22, can act as a real key catalyst to transform agricultural and food systems and improve human health and the environment in which we live.
These are the starting points of our Conversations for the International Biodiversity Day, which will be live streamed on May 22nd.
The first one will be Food is a Conversation: International Biodiversity Day – Japan and will take place at 9 am CET (4PM JST)
Who is joining the virtual stage of our Food is a Conversation? Tomoko Hoshino, Vice chair of Environmental Partnership Council (EPC).
She participated in the movement to promote “the UN decade of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD),” the Biodiversity Citizens Network in 2010 and the Rio+20 Earth Summit NGO Liaison Conference. She has been involved in the administration of the Global Environment Outreach Centre (GEOC) since 2003. Hoshino currently serves as vice chair of Environmental Partnership Council. Besides, she serves as a member of the board of directors of Japan Civil Society Network on SDGs, Japan NPO Center, and the Overseas Environmental Cooperation Center and as a member of the Ministry of the Environment SDGs
The second one will be Food is a Conversation: International Biodiversity Day – Italy and will take place at 6 pm CET
Our guests will be:
– Salvatore Ceccarelli – Genetic Scientist and Consultant at Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT
– Patrizia Gentilini – Oncologist and hematologist, ISDE – Associazione Medici per l’Ambiente
– Fabio Sgolastra – Researcher of the Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences & Technologies at Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna
– Peter Giovannini – Scientist Plant Genetic Resources at Global Crop Diversity Trust
The event will be moderated by our Francesco Dell’onze, Agronomist and Business Operation Specialist at Future Food Institute
These Conversations will happen as online events and will be broadcast:
– On the Future Food Institute YouTube channel (Both Conversations)(https://www.youtube.com/futurefoodinstitute)
– On the Future Food Institute and Future Food Japan pages (The Japanese Session)
– On the Future Food Italia Facebook page (The Italian Session)