The campaign project that my group has chosen is Let’s Talk About Conservation. Our campaign is a community food systems mapping project. The problem that we have chosen to address is that the distance our food travels to reach us is an issue that is linked to climate change and environmental conservation.
To address this issue, we will offer a lesson to our 4th grade classes that discusses the connections and issues between the themes of community food systems, food miles, climate change and environmental conservation. Students will create a map system that stretches from their school garden to their nearest and furthest sources of food. We will discuss the science of climate change with our students, reduce-reuse-recycle concepts, the impacts our global food system has on our environment, and lead into the benefits of creating a local food system and eating seasonally. Students will learn about how far their food travels to reach them and what this distance means in relation to climate change and environmental conservation.