Wednesday 22nd February
Doors open 4.45pm
It was the call in the 1960s to: “Feed the Nation” that inspired Stewart to pursue a career in farming. However, in the decade that followed, as he put his new found knowledge into practice he became increasingly concerned about the impact of agrochemicals on wildlife. Prompted by these awakenings and his Quakerly values, he resolved to redirect his work to champion international development and environmental conservation.
In pursuit of this over the last 30 years, Stewart has worked as a charity trustee, director and consultant and has been directly responsible for raising over £100 million for a wide range of causes. He has delivered humanitarian aid in war-torn countries and supported farmers in Africa. He has trained civil society leaders in organisational capacity building in many counties, and campaigned to drive down carbon emissions and food waste.
Arising from this experience, and his first-hand appreciation that so many trends are putting life on Earth at risk, Stewart is passionate about the need to ensure that 9 billion people can be properly fed whilst conserving the natural environment. He is convinced about the potential to achieve the positive change required globally by harnessing the power of human spirit through collective action locally.
This has led him, in collaboration with like–minded people and cross-sector expertise, to establish Wells Food Network. As a member of the national network of Sustainable Food Cities, its aim is to champion the creation of a truly sustainable local food system – one which is both good for people and for the planet.
In support of this, Sidcot School is delighted to be contributing with other schools to a project which aims to deepen our pupils’ understanding of the connection between environmental and human health and wellbeing, by examining the subject of food from many perspectives across the curriculum.