Climate change and global warming are hot topics and have been for a while. We have put our climate at risk by mistreating our atmosphere for centuries. It is up to everyone to make a difference, but especially the young people. Our future is in our own hands and there’s many things we can do to make a change. Carole Wilkinson has written a new book on climate change, highlighting not only the things we can do to make a difference, but showing us how we are the key to change. She joins me on the blog today, sharing an example of one of the things you can do to help:
Grow your own veggies — reduce greenhouse gases
You probably know that veggies grown in your own garden are better for your health (more goodness, not grown using pesticides etc). But did you know that home-grown vegetables also reduce greenhouse gas production?
Vegetables have often travelled a long way in refrigerated trucks or planes before they reach your supermarket’s shelves. They could have come from a country area, interstate, or even the other side of the world. The “fresh” veggies on sale may not be all that fresh. Some have been in cold storage for weeks, even months. All of that transport and refrigeration involves the burning of fossil fuels in one form or another, which creates greenhouse gases that end up in our atmosphere and increase global warming. If you drive to the supermarket, that just adds to the problem.
If you make your own compost, a veggie garden is even better for the environment.
In a compost bin, your kitchen scraps decompose using oxygen. The process does create some carbon dioxide, but that is better than what happens if you put food scraps in your regular rubbish bin. If you do that, they will end up at a landfill site, where they quickly get covered with more rubbish and decompose anaerobically (without oxygen). This produces methane, which has 28 times the capacity to create global warming than carbon dioxide. That’s very bad.
Everyone can grow something edible
You might think you can’t grow vegetables. You can.
• If you have a garden, particularly if it faces north, then you’re set. You can grow all kinds of vegetables. Raised beds are the best. Buy a kit from a hardware store or make your own. You’ll have fresh veggies all year round and enough left over to give to your friends.
• If you live in an apartment, you can grow veggies in containers (plastic not terracotta, and not too small or they’ll dry out in the summer sun and die). You need six hours of sunlight to grow tomatoes, capsicums etc. But with less sun you can grow leafy vegetables (lettuce, spinach, silver beet) and herbs.
• No space at all to grow anything? Find out if there are any community gardens in your neighbourhood. Not only will you have the right conditions for growing, you’ll learn from more experienced gardeners, and have some company while you garden.
• None of the above? Everybody can grow sprouts — such as bean sprouts that you put in salads and stirfries. They are chock full of goodness. They don’t need fertiliser, not even light, just water, and they’re ready to eat in a few days. All you need is a jar, something to cover it that water will drain through eg a scrap of cheesecloth or a (well-washed) piece cut from a pair of pantyhose and some seeds. Make sure you use seeds from a health food store, not ones for planting in the garden. This is a photo of my fenugreek sprouts, ready for a salad in three days. I also sprout lentils and alfalfa. Here’s how you do it.
Pub date: October 2015
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Talking about the weather used to be small talk, now it’s the hottest topic
on Earth. We can’t survive without Earth’s atmosphere, yet most of the
time we ignore it. We treat our atmosphere as a rubbish dump for our
greenhouse gas emissions. Slowly but surely, what we are doing is
changing Earth’s climate. Atmospheric cuts through the many voices
raised around climate change to tell the story of our atmosphere, what is
putting our climate at risk and what we can do about it. This could be the
most important book you read in your life.
“Young people will be the ones grappling with climate change.
Atmospheric reminds them they are the key to the solution.” Amanda McKenzie, CEO, Climate Council.
“This book will change minds.” David Spratt, author of Climate Code Red
About the Author:
Carole Wilkinson is an internationally award-winning and bestselling author. Carole writes both fiction and non-fiction and her stories are loved by young people all over the world. Carole embarked on her writing career at the age of 40 and she has been making up for lost time ever since. Carole is interested in the history of everything. She is also a member of a climate action group, campaigning for sustainable living and a safe climate. These two passions have been brought together in Atmospheric: The Burning Story of Climate Change.
Learn more about Carole and her books on her website.
Thank you Carole for joining us on the blog today!