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Who’s cleaning up this mess? #1000WaystoNourish

“People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are at the beginning of a mass extinction. And all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!”

“How dare you?” thundered a 16 year-old Greta Thunberg at the UN Climate Action Summit. The world was watching and listening, and it was shamed.

 

Greta Thunberg nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for climate activism
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Greta Thunberg is an ordinary citizen of the world. A few years ago she learned about the growing climate change crisis in school and decided to do something about it. She was 15 when she started by protesting in front of the Swedish parliament. Her parents didn’t approve but they saw how much it mattered to her, and once they saw all the research that their daughter had collected, they came around.

Today Greta is 16 and she is leading a revolution.

Kids Lead The Way

Greta Thunberg is inspiring climate strikes around the world and millions of people are organizing or attending #FridaysforFuture to raise awareness. Most of the people attending? They are kids themselves. Kids who should be in school, preparing for a life that is yet to begin. Kids who should be hanging out with friends, playing outside, doing their homework and making poor choices behind the school building.

That’s not what these kids are doing though. Instead, they are stepping up and fighting for a better world because the adults – all of us – have been too lazy. We need urgent action from the adults to combat climate change.

We should be ashamed of ourselves. Ashamed that our actions and our inactions have brought the world to the brink of awful, irreversible change. Our need for convenience and efficiency has reduced food to a commodity. And it’s affecting the planet.

Our disregard for our collective resources and the natural world means young children are spending their days fighting for a world that may already be ruined before they have a chance to experience the wonder of it.

Climate change is here. Scientists have validated it a number of times, in multiple reports. The planet is transforming before our very eyes. We can’t afford to weigh the pros and cons anymore. We need action and it needs to come from the adults.

It is not our children’s job to clean up the mess we made.

Impacting Climate Change Action 

  • Educate yourself on how climate change will affect your life. Learn about food waste, plastic pollution and the UN special report on global warming in the resources on this website.
  • Find out what your government is doing to preserve long-term prosperity and public health.
  • Engage your community and your leaders to implement a plan to accommodate for far-reaching climate change.
  • Advocate for our children’s future.

Our collective future depends on it.

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#8 of #1000WaystoNourish | Energy Conservation tips to save energy NourishbyNumbers.com 1000WaystoNourish

#8 – Don’t Touch the Thermostat

It’s almost Fall. The calendar doesn’t say so yet, but nature knows. My nose knows. I can feel it in the air. Read on for #8 in #1000WaystoNourish and one of my top fave tips to save energy. This will need a whole lot of self-control.

Changing weather often means battle lines and war in our house. Between two kids, teenage angst and the widely fluctuating hormones of a 45 yo, thermostat settings is just one of many things we can’t agree on. Which brings me to this next in the series of #1000WaystoNourish. Real, actionable tips on making better choices that are good for us and the planet. Normally these tips are around food, but since general comfort at home is a BIG factor – maybe even the BIGGEST – in who cooks and what we eat, let’s get into it.  

Top Tips for Saving Energy

When the temperature starts dipping outside, our first instinct often is to adjust the thermostat inside, and turn on the heating.

Don’t! Here’s why:

“Energy is the dominant contributor to climate change, accounting for around 60 per cent of total global greenhouse gas emissions.”

– Source UN SDG’s Goal 7

All the climate research tells us that our energy resources are running out. Energy efficiency is a desperate need of the hour. We all need to make drastic changes and work together as a community to reduce our dependency and cut down on usage. Turning the heating on at home as late as possible is a first step in the right direction. 

Let’s  give our bodies time to adjust to the changing weather. Let comfy clothes and socks be our first line of defence against cooling weather. 

Bonus Benefit – heating bills will be much lower. We save money AND the planet. Isn’t that a big step forward?

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#1 of #1000WaystoNourish: Ask your Grocer this

Welcome to #1000WaystoNourish.

Food is central to our existence. Everything we care about, our families, our kids, our community and the planet, they all come together at the dinner table.

But what we eat and the choices we often make around food are not sustainable. Nourish by Numbers is my commitment to change that. This is a social movement to learn and share about food that tastes good, is good for us and our planet.

Ask the question – where does our food come from?

To answer this question honestly, I had to first take a look at my own fridge, and boy was I surprised.

My fridge is a veritable travel bucket list of exotic destinations. The fruits and vegetables have travelled from countries that I would love to visit. The oranges are from Morocco, lemongrass from Thailand, bananas from Chile. Finally our favourite red and yellow peppers and asparagus from a greenhouse right here in Ontario, Canada

Global food distribution is here to stay. What we eat comes from further than one can imagine. That’s just the reality of the world we live in. While I would love to buy local, life in Canada (and many other places) doesn’t really permit that. In fact, 3 out of every 4 grocery dollars that Canadians spend go towards imported food. Blame that on Canadian winters, and till we have greenhouses at every corner, all-season farming is still a dream.

What can we do?

As consumers, we need to know where our food comes from and make conscious decisions. Asking questions will also let our grocery store know that we care.

Look for labels on the produce – they often list the country of origin. Some grocery stores support even more transparency and will state the country of origin right there on the price tag.  But there are many who don’t, and that’s when we ask.

Where is this pear from?

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#2 of #1000WaystoNourish: Do you know your farmer

Welcome to #1000WaystoNourish. Thank you for being curious about this initiative. You will not be disappointed. As part of this movement I will be sharing, you guessed it, a #1000WaystoNourish, to help not only raise awareness of what good food is but also how it should be accessible and available to all.

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#2 of #1000WaystoNourish: Know your Farmer

Last year was a steep learning curve for me as I researched food and shared what I had learned. I was also able to meet farmers and learn from them of the effort that they put into growing and raising our food.

Imagine a backyard gardener who one summer plants a kitchen garden. A row of strawberries, a few herbs, some radish plants. She thought this would be easy, all the books and TV shows told her it was. Then pests struck one night and she lost a plant or two. Soon it rained and the timing was awful for the tender vegetable flower buds. And then squirrels discovered the strawberries, and that was it.

That gardener was me, and this, in the picture, was our meagre harvest that season. It was the result of weeks of hard work and preparation.

My uncle in India who’s always full of advice said, “Now you see how hard my job is?” He’s a farmer. He knows.

Farmers work in unimaginably hard conditions to raise and grow the food we eat. Only the tiniest sliver of the planet is farmeable which makes for even bigger challenges.

Wait, there’s more!

In Canada, 97% of the farms are family-owned.

But only 2% of Canadians are connected to agriculture.

This makes for a big disconnect in our understanding of where our food comes from.

Thankfully technology and science are available as tools for farmers to help them monitor threats like pests and weather and more. What they need now is our support. We as consumers need to understand where our food comes from and the EFFORT it takes to bring it to our grocery shelves.

What Can we do?

Visit a farm with your kids. Drive out of town this weekend and see if you can find one that is open for visitors. It won’t take you long especially if you live in Canada. Talk to the farmer about their work and the hours they put in from planting to harvest and more. You’ll leave with a new appreciation for the food we eat, and the people who grow it.

What about my little kitchen garden?

I’ve tried everything to protect my tiny parcel of land from pests and terrible Toronto weather. The only thing I haven’t tried is sitting in my garden chair with a tarp and a stick. The tarp would protect my plants from the rain, but the stick? I don’t know if I’m fierce enough to fight off squirrels. I’m way more Scaredy than them.

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