Go Green Day 2019 – We can all do our bit

Today – Friday 21st June is Go Green Day 2019. I know many schools and organisations will be getting involved and there is a lot of practical advice about cutting our environmental impact on the Size of Wales website – see here

Size of Wales is an interesting project because it helps to make the link between Wales and the wider global challenges we all face. It also focusses on practical advice and helps to provide us some measure of progress. As their website states:

“Thanks to the brilliant support of Wales, Size of Wales successfully reached the target of helping to protect 2 million hectares of forest (the size of Wales!) in 2013. Soon after, we decided the obvious next step was to double this impact, and aim to protect an area of rainforest twice the size of our nation!

Size of Wales encourages the people of Wales to help tackle climate change by taking simple positive actions. We work with schools and businesses to raise funds for forests and raise awareness of the importance of forests in tackling climate change”.

Local Schools lead the way

Thankfully I can take a lot of inspiration from local schools. I have seen the action they are taking to help maintain biodiversity:

  • breeding the endangered European eels to return to our waterways,
  • beekeeping to support the important role of bees,
  • taking an interest in the bug area at Royal Crescent allotments.

I have also been pleased to congratulate schools like Fochrhiw primary school on achieving the platinum for their eco-schools award.

My pledge – reducing food waste

So, in the spirit of taking practical steps, my pledge for Go Green Day 2019 is to improve the planning of how and when I buy food. I am lucky in that my home has solar panels to help reduce my carbon footprint. But my pledge this year will hopefully help to reduce food waste.

I noted Go Green day Tip Number 7 for today states:

“TIP 7: NO FOOD WASTE

Buy only what you need. This might take a bit of planning, looking at what you’re up to that week and how many meals you will prepare and eat at home, including taking lunch to work. This may take time but saves money, food waste and often results in a healthier, more varied diet. Between one-third and a half of the viable crops and food produced from them around the world are wasted. In the developing world this is usually down to lack of infrastructure such as refrigerated transport, and in the developed world is attributed to wasteful habits.

Did you know the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says food wastage across the world – totalling 1.3 billion tonnes of food annually – is the largest source of global greenhouse gas emissions after China and the USA?”.

 

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