Childhood obesity, food waste, and palm oil are just some of the issues that a group of Lincoln University scholars will be discussing at a public lecture on campus next month.
The students, who are part of Lincoln’s Global Challenges Scholarships Programme, have spent the year working on social enterprise projects aimed at tackling some of the world’s most pressing issues.
“This event is a chance for the public to hear from the next generation of socially-minded tertiary students as they share their ideas on how we can address some key problems that affect our future,” says Global Challenges Scholarship Manager Fiona Scott.
Some of the projects in the spotlight include a drive to minimise food waste, a plan to encourage young people to look after waterways in their area, and a programme to create a link between urban recreationalists and rural farmers.
Other ventures involve reducing demand for palm oil by creating easy ways of finding alternative products, investigating whether genetically engineered food is the answer to feeding a growing population, promoting healthy eating while encouraging children to get active, and educating people about their food consumption choices.
The event, called ‘Tomorrow’s Change Makers – Global Challenges Scholars’, is part of a year-long lecture series known simply as Change Makers, whereby Lincoln professors inform the public about their areas of expertise.
“It is a great opportunity for the scholars to be involved in a series like this,” says Ms Scott.
Applications to join the Global Challenges Scholarship and Development Programme for 2017 close on August 31. For more information, please visit www.lincoln.ac.nz/gcscholarships