ScotPEN Wellcome Engagement Award

ScotPEN Wellcome Engagement Award

Diana Feliciano and Pete Smith at the University of Aberdeen have been awarded a ScotPEN Wellcome Engagement Award for a project engaging School children entitled ‘Food systems in a changing climate: from global to local’.

Food systems contribute both to climate change and depletion of natural resources. Climate change can also affect adversely food production in many world regions. This can increase food prices, which can disproportionately affect lower income households and remote regions. This project engages S1-S2 school pupils and their communities in different locations in Scotland (urban, rural, remote) with the aim to investigate:

  1. The origin of the food they eat.
  2. The impacts of food consumption on the countries of origin (carbon, water, land footprints).
  3. The role of local food production and consumption in the achievement of SDGs.
  4. What local actions can be implemented to achieve the SDGs.
  5. How to measure progress.

Pupils will design local strategies and actions that ensure sustainable food systems, i.e. those that promote health and wellbeing, have low environmental pressure and impact, are accessible, affordable, safe, equitable, and culturally acceptable.

Schools involved: Bucksburn Academy (Aberdeen City) and Kemnay Academy (Aberdeenshire).

Please contact Diana Feliciano for more information or any queries relating to this project (

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