One Planet Picnic celebration at Edinburgh Zoo

More than 100 young people gathered at Edinburgh Zoo on Saturday 9th June to launch our 2018 One Planet Picnic celebrations - an initiative which is set to get people from all over Scotland discovering the great tastes of seasonal food and local harvests.

Young members of the Edinburgh Zoo Conservation Action Team hosted a One Planet Picnic to mark their last meeting before the summer. The event allowed the participants to taste and share sustainable, local and ethically produced food - raising awareness of how sustainable food choices can have a positive impact on wildlife and the wider environment.

Jess Lilley, Education Officer at Edinburgh Zoo, commented:

“The RZSS Conservation Action Team (CAT) is a programme for kids to learn about a range of conservation issues worldwide, and get hands on to help local wildlife. In May, we focussed on where our food comes from, and the impact farming, food production and packaging can have on the environment, and how to help these issues.  This One Planet Picnic allowed them to put what they have learned into action by finding and sharing foods that are kinder to our planet.”

Keep Scotland Beautiful has been supporting the Zoo Conservation Action Teams, helping to build awareness of how consideration of packaging, pesticides and food choices can help to conserve habitats for wildlife around the world.

A One Planet Picnic is a fun way of getting to know the good foods, people and places local to you and an informal way to think about more sustainable food choices.  Open to all sorts of groups, it provides inspiration for trying healthy, sustainable food at work, at school, in communities and at home.  You can celebrate local harvests, reduce food waste, and taste and share some fabulous food.

Register your One Planet Picnic for our annual prize draw and have a look at some of our tried and tested picnic recipes!

14 June 2018

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