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Oct 03, 2013
-- By Carmen Gerner, HungerU Crew
Bringing awareness to a topic such as global hunger can be challenging. There are many approaches that have been taken to provide food for those in need, yet the statistic "one in seven people worldwide is hungry" is a reality. At Columbia University in the city of New York, I had the opportunity to speak with some inspiring students. Their ideas were fresh and full of hope. Through all my conversations, one theme remained common. Education. When approaching the topic of hunger, some students seem hesitant to voice their opinion [or knowledge] while others dive in head first. I had the pleasure of speaking to two bright students who were more than interested in sharing with me, not only their thoughts, but also their plans for putting an expiration date on hunger. What I found to be most interesting was even with their diverse backgrounds, they both continued to reiterate the importance of education. "To feed everyone, we need everyone. To make famine a memory, we first must stop forgetting about it" (Alan Bjerga, Endless Appetites). Knowledge is power. The students I spoke with talked about the importance of educating our youth about where our food comes from and the role farming plays in feeding us. "Our" generation, the millennial generation, has the ability to acknowledge global hunger as a crisis and put actions into place that can put an expiration date on hunger. Educate. Discuss. Empower. Education is key for all ages. We loved speaking with our collegiate students at Columbia University! We also were graced with a visit from a group of sixth and eighth graders from The School for Global Leaders, who shared with us there ideas—talk about a bright future! I was once told "the moment you believe you know everything about something, walk away." Knowledge is continuous. Be the kind of person who continues to pose questions and seek answers. What part can you play in ending global hunger?