Latitude Festival Campaigning
Abby Mason UK Campaigns Communications Officer
8th Aug 2012
Clare Linton, one of the Festival Campaigns team, shares her thoughts on her week in a field talking about Food Power with Latitude Festival goers last month...
Last month I spent 4 fabulous days at Latitude Festival in the beautiful Suffolk countryside, but what really made my festival experience extra special was campaigning for Oxfam in such a wonderful setting.
Our role as campaigners was to engage festival goers in conversations about 'FOOD POWER' and what this meant to them. Now although this phrase generated some rather blanks stares initially, once we went on to explain how we wanted to talk about the power that individuals have to influence the food system and create a more sustainable and fairer system, people's ideas and knowledge started to flow. And once the gate was opened, amazing thoughts and ideas came flooding out.
It was inspiring to see how many people we met were passionate about choosing fair trade food or making efforts to shop locally or grow their own herbs, fruits and vegetables and lots of people who were reducing their waste and trying their hands at composting. Some of the more unusual stories included a school dinner lady at a boarding school who was trying to reduce food waste by encouraging students only to take what they could eat, and a lady who had a mobile farm which she took into schools to teach children about food production.
After meeting people at the festival I have now been inspired to try to grow my own herbs and maybe even vegetables, in my flat, and I'm going to support my local food co-op too. To see some of the ideas collected at the festival and get yourself some inspiration, check out https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150916900996396.402330.7214031395&type=1.