The big topic at the moment is climate change, and I don’t know about you but I’m planning on living on this planet for a while yet. (Although if you do make a spaceship-city to escape with let me know, that sounds really cool!) You’ve heard all about it in the news, but what you might not have heard is how much of a big difference to the well-being of the planet you can make just by changing elements of your diet. From green beans to Greta Thunberg in no time!
Cut back on meat and dairy
One of the biggest carbon-emitting industries in the world comes from food production (26% of the global greenhouse emissions!) and beef is one of the worst. Like my nan cows are infamously flatulent, and the sheer number of them means their wind, whilst hilarious-sounding, actually contributes massively to those emissions.
On top of that, they require vast quantities of land and water, which also adds to the problem.
Scaling back on the amount of beef and dairy you consume can actually have a profound effect on the planet. It’s pretty eye-opening stuff, and an interesting conversation to bring up with your friends to chew the cud over. (Pun game: Strong)
Anyway… There’s never been a better time to try out alternatives – veganism is on the rise and supermarkets are stocking their shelves with plenty of plant-based options, and you can finally find out what almond milk tastes like! Spoiler: It’s pretty good.
Nobody likes to waste food. Not only is it a shame to throw it away, but it also means you have to take the food bin outside more often and risk the bag breaking and covering your sandals in giblets. With a little organisation you can easily reduce the amount you waste, meaning you end up buying less food, thereby helping the environment.
Work out portion sizes by weighing the ingredients you use, so you end up with an empty plate every time. Or, if you’ve made too much, put the excess into a freezer bag and freeze it, then reheat later in the week for another meal.
Get inventive with your recipes – Use up those extra vegetables that linger in the fridge with the meal you were already making. If anyone questions it, just tell them it’s a Moroccan twist on an old classic. Or something.
Grow your own
The farming industry operates on a gigantic scale, so it’s environmental effect is gigantic. But some things you can grow in your own little garden. Peppers, carrots, strawberries, potatoes, green beans.. the list goes on and on. And it all starts with just some soil, seeds and water. On top of that, it’s a rewarding experience to enjoy something you grew yourself. Getting high off your own supply, so to speak.
We can all do our bit to slow global warming. You can be well on your way to saving the planet like an ecosystem superhero in no time. Like they say: Not all heroes wear capes. Some wear aprons that say ‘Kiss the Cook’.