CHANGE.ORG, FOOD EDUCATION, FOOD REVOLUTION, JAMIE OLIVER, PETITION
JAMIE OLIVER LAUNCHES GLOBAL change.org PETITION
TO DEMAND COMPULSORY FOOD EDUCATION FOR ALL CHILDREN
Sydney: 29th March 2015
Chef and campaigner Jamie Oliver has launched his biggest campaign ever – a global petition to persuade the governments of the G20 countries to provide their nations’ children with the basic “human right” of food education in schools.
The petition went live today (29 March 2015) following his Revolution LIVE event as part of the Sydney Opera House’s ‘Ideas at the House’ Program.
Launching the petition at Sydney Opera House, Jamie said: “I’ve been campaigning in different countries for a while now and we’ve begun to see real change in some countries with cooking lessons in schools but now I’m taking it global.
“According to the World Health Organisation, 42 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese around the world in 2013 and, worldwide, obesity has more than doubled since 1980. These figures are shocking and we need everyone – governments, businesses, families – to do something about it.
“Obesity more often than not leads to diet-related diseases like type-2 diabetes which can increase the risk of developing a number of serious health problems and decrease the life expectancy of many people. But obesity is preventable and I believe that by educating our children about food and where it comes from and how to cook it and how to shop, we can turn the tide on the obesity epidemic that affects most of the world in 2015.
“This change.org petition is a way to give a voice to everyone who cares about the future health of our children.”
Food Revolution Day 2015 (May 15th) will again focus on getting kids cooking with thousands of schools around the world and ambassadors in over 90 countries hosting events. For more info, please see foodrevolutionday.com
Jamie’s Petition is below. To add your name to the petition, please go to change.org/jamieoliver
Hi guys, Jamie here!
I urgently need your help to make a real difference. We’re currently facing a global obesity epidemic, with 42 million children under the age of five either overweight or obese across the world. The bottom line is the next generation will live shorter lives than their parents if nothing is done to rectify these alarming stats.
So I’m asking that you to do two simple things – first, please sign this petition to show your support for compulsory practical food education in schools across the world, then, most importantly, share it via your social networks.
It’s essential that we arm future generations with the life skills they urgently need in order to lead healthier, happier, more productive lives. I passionately believe this is every child’s human right and I hope you agree.
If you can help me get millions of people to sign this petition, we can create a movement powerful enough to force all G20 governments to take action. Food education will make a difference to the lives of the next generations, so please help us. We can’t do it without you.
Sign it, share it and let’s inspire governments to do the right thing.
Jamie Oliver x