Since 2012, many different ‘Disco Soups’ have taken place, including several in Glasgow and Edinburgh. In 2016 the Slow Food Youth Network Brazil organised a national Disco Soup Day.
The initiative mobilised fourteen different Brazilian cities, in four of the five regions of the country, together fighting against the food waste matter utilising the Disco Soup project. At Terra Madre Salone del Gusto 2016, Ciao asked his fellow young leaders from across the world – why not do that same globally?
So last year SFYN international coordinators from around the world, principally all volunteers and organised via skype/whatsapp, came together to organise and/or promote more than 100 Disco Soups, in over 40 countries. Saving over 5,000 kg of food and serving 25,000 meals, and featuring in various international media including via Global Citizen
This year we want the event to be even bigger, from Uganda to Japan, Brazil to Netherlands, the global Slow Food network is encouraging everyone to host events on April 28th in their local community whilst joining forces with others across the world – thus acting local whilst also making a major global statement at the scale of the Food Waste problem!
Disco Soups are intended to be social, inclusive local community events which, when interconnected with events across the world, become a powerful global collective statement in the fight against the food waste. These are also entirely, or predominantly, led by volunteers who are invited to collect, wash, clean, cut and cook foods that would otherwise have gone to waste.
Currently, there are two events planned in Scotland, one will be at Wester Hailes and is a collaboration between the Tasting Change and Food-Sharing Edinburgh teams and the other will be hosted by some of our volunteers at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow. We are also expecting other events to take place in Aberdeen and hoping that the Zero Waste Scotland office might host their own mini one again in their offices. We are also participating in the Feed the 1000 event as part of the new Zero Waste Leith initiative the week afterwards, which will be connected with the international event as well.
As Scotland is striving to become a world-leading nation in providing solutions to climate change, is committed to reducing food waste in Scotland by 33% by 2025, and has committed to tackling social isolation as well as a lack of community participation in decision making, We feel it would be a positive and welcome statement for individuals and organisations focused on these aims to get behind this global event.
Additionally, as it is Year of Young People we hope this event will be a really positive demonstration of the potential of young people to generate change both locally and internationally!
Want to host a Disco Soup near you or volunteer in one of the above events?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info and sign up your disco soup!
More info on World Disco Soup Day More information about the event can also be found at the World Disco Soup Day Official Event Page including a link to sign your event up on the global map. All the info from our WDSD event in Scotland last year is here.