Food and Climate Change

Food: the missing ingredient for tackling the climate and ecological emergency

Addressing climate change is a key part of our food strategy approach and successful bid to become the UK’s first Gold Sustainable Food Place.

We believe that fostering fair and sustainable food for all is a powerful way to tackle the environmental crisis and we are committed to ensuring that this remains a core focus across all areas of our work.

We created this infographic to summarise what’s going wrong and, most importantly, what all of us can do to help. Please feel free to share across your networks and social media. To download the file, click here.

Climate diet pledge: 15 ways to eat more climate friendly food

Easy Wins

1. Substitute plant-based milk for dairy in your morning tea/coffee. (Find out the ecological footprint of milk alternatives).

2. Rummage in your fridge and make a meal out of your left-overs. (Try delicious recipes from Love Food Hate Waste).

3. Drink tap water instead of bottled water or fizzy drinks. Use a refillable bottle for extra climate points! (Find refill stations and bring your own cup/container shops).

4. Substitute plant-based food (beans, tofu, veg) for meat one evening a week.

5. Choose items with less plastic packaging at the supermarket.

Just a little more effort

1. Plan your meals for a week to avoid food waste. 

2. Freeze or donate surplus food to your local community.

3. Compost your unavoidable food waste.

4. Buy locally produced food.

5. Learn how to eat less, better quality meat.

Going the distance

1. Try growing your own food – even a pot of basil on a windowsill counts!

2. Add a new type of pulse to a dish each month e.g. chickpeas, lentils, black or borlotti beans and many more to try.

3. Work out the carbon footprint of your meal.

4. Organise a neighbourhood plant-based bring-and-share feast.

5. Encourage others to take the climate pledge!

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