A Free Lunch
We're back out meeting the public again. Hurray!
Don't you just love it when you plan an event (this can be a work or a social event - or even a combination of the two) and it grows arms and legs. When others hear what you are up to and want to join in. When what started off fairly small ends up being a big, joyous occasion at which you meet new people and learn new things.
That's just what's happened to us.
Each year we team up with the university of Dundee's Sustainability Officer to run an event, often aimed primarily a new students. This year that is not just freshers, but also those going in to second year who missed out on Freshers Week last year thanks to you-know-what. It's a chance for them to find out:
what we do
why we do it
how they can be involved
And it's a chance for us to meet some lovely enthusiastic and committed young people.
Last week's event focused on the problem of food waste. Yes, we never stop talking about it! We also wanted to talk about the importance of cooking meals that are:
full of local and seasonal ingredients
So, what veg are local and seasonal just now?
Potatoes and apples certainly. We're seeing plenty of them in the Community Fridge for sure.
So, leek and potato soup and apple crumble for us!
Now, what about those arms and legs?
A fantastic group of staff and students from Dundee and Edinburgh Universities has got together to help us all make better choices about what we eat. Their planetary health meal plan and recipe book are packed with ideas and recipes that are good for our own health and that of the planet.
You can find out more here
Did you read our blog about Carbon Foodprints, published on 7th April. in which we introduced Professor Sarah Bridle and her idea of giving all food a carbon score? (https://www.gatechurch.co.uk/post/carbon-foodprints)
Well, she was at the launch of the plan a couple of weeks ago, along with Matthew Isaacs, co-founder of My Emissions, who's only gone and done it. He is helping food businesses improve their sustainability, and as part of that has developed a system for giving each food a carbon score. This is such an exciting venture that we want to come back to it later, but for now let's just put on the record how absolutely thrilled we are when the planetary health group wanted to join us at our food-related event.
Information like carbon scores is just what we need to help us be much more mindful of the impact of what we eat has on the planet. Remember, we choose what to eat every single day, probably more than once. Some of us are even making decisions about what a whole group of people are eating. Remember also that food is the second biggest contributor to climate change, after fossil fuels, so simply by thinking more about what we put in our mouths, we can really make a difference.