During October, NMU’s Sustainable Agriculture Club (SAC) will offer students two different opportunities to become
better educated on the issue of world hunger. On Wednesday, Oct. 16, World Food Day will be held in room 109 of the LRC.
As a part of World Food Day, a teleconference focused on the current agricultural devastations caused by climate change will be conducted from noon to 3 p.m.
“It’s not a debate about whether [climate change] is caused by man or not,” said
Mohey Mowafy, a professor in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation department. “The truth is, the climate is changing.” Ray Suarez, a senior correspondent for PBS and this year’s
program moderator, will host a panel that includes Susan Hunt, FAO consultant and biofuel manager at WorldWatch Institute,
Cynthia Rosenzweig, leader of the Climate Impacts Group at NASA Goddard for Space
Studies and Robert Watson, chairman of the International
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and World Bank chief scientist.
Students and community members are encouraged to call in to the panel with any questions, Mowafy said.
As part of the conference, a documentary
will be shown.
The film is a way to put a face to the
issue, he added.
“The world needs to wake up to the fact that we are going to have millions of refugees,” he said. “Not victims of war . but refugees leaving because they
can no longer live where they are.”
On Monday, Oct. 29, World Food Night will be held at Whitman Commons from 6-8 p.m. The activity will include a hunger meal, consisting of a bowl of rice and a hot cup of tea.
If possible, participants are asked to bring their own bowl and cup, to reduce the amount of garbage generated by the meal.
Mowafy said they want to duplicate a hunger meal as realistically as possible.
Through the hunger meal, a person can identify with individuals in starving regions of the world, he added.
World Food Night is also bringing attention to the activities of Oxfam America, an international relief and hunger-solving organization.
A documentary will be presented, and a panel of Marquette community members may be
convened to answer questions about farming as well as solving hunger.
“Students are encouraged to engage in discussion as well as watching the video. They can learn from each other,” said Erica Lensink, founder of SAC.
World Food Night and SAC’s goal is partly to shed light on the social injustice of food distribution, Lensink said.
“The focus of the club is to raise awareness and educate people with ideas of what they can do,” she said.
World Food Night will cost between $2 and $3 to attend. All proceeds will be donated to Oxfam America’s efforts.
A maximum of 100 people will be allowed to attend the event, on a first-come, first-serve basis.