‘Sustainable living is essential’ to combat climate change

Can having a more sustainable lifestyle reduce the impact of climate change?

Image of wild fruit.

Wild food foraging is one way to live more sustainably.

By Shannon Mighty

This week the IPCC released a new report which outlined a plan to take control of climate change by 2030.

Huge global companies are responsible for most of the world’s emissions, according to the latest CDP Carbon Majors Report.

However, individuals also play a role in global warming and can make changes to decrease their carbon footprint.

Keen forager, Craig Worrell, thinks we can help to minimise the impact of global warming by eating wild food.

“I think sustainable living is essential. Sustainability in my mind is impact neutral, or as impact neutral as can be. It incorporates community, locality, seasonality, mindful harvesting practices”, says Craig Worrall.

Worrall started Edible Leeds in 2012, a company which offers foraging classes and encourages wild food consumption.

“The best way to learn to forage is to do it, it’s easier than most folk think it is. Follow a few golden rules such as never ever eat any wild edible unless you are 100% certain of correct identification”, says Worrall.

 

Dr Adam Levy, an expert in atmospheric physics is also believes individuals can make a difference.

“I really do I think we have already made a huge difference. If you look at what drives global warming it just the total amount of carbon dioxide that goes into the atmosphere. Every bit of carbon dioxide we can avoid getting into the atmosphere avoids a bit of global warming”, says Dr Levy aka YouTuber Climate Adam.

According to the Committee on Climate Change, 40% of UK emissions come from households meaning if each household made changes to their everyday habits it could have a positive effect on our climate.

“The biggest things we can all change in our lives are the food we eat, so avoiding red meat, the way we travel so the amount you drive in a car or take planes and the way you heat your home so if you can get better insulation in your home or a more efficient boiler that can make a huge difference”, says Dr Levy.

Worrall says, “I can source every type of food I require through foraging. I can make anything and everything. I can eat raw, I can cook, ferment and preserve”.

However, he stresses the importance of taking a mindful and respectful approach while out gathering.

“We share wild resources with other creatures and organisms, take only what you require and leave some to set seed, propagate and ensure future proliferation and survival”.

What will happen if we do nothing?

According to Green Peace, average global temperatures have risen every decade since the 1970s and the warmest 10 years on record have all occurred since 1997.

The impacts of global warming have already resulted in approximately 315,000 deaths per year and disrupted ecosystems across the world.

“If we don’t act on climate change we will keep on getting more and more greenhouse gases. We’re gonna end up with a world that is substantially hotter than today that means a lot more extreme weather events like heatwaves, extreme rainfall. This means the world’s ability to grow food is reduced and millions of people will be displaced from their homes”, says Dr Levy.

Dr Levy says, “If this carries on for centuries we’re looking at a world that is so hot that regions of the world will be inhabitable to humans”.

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