Challenge 1. Mitigate climate change
On November 4th, the Paris Agreement on climate change will come into force. In order to ensure that we don’t surpass the 2°C target, we can start by cooking differently and working to reducing waste.
5 tips for reducing your CO2 emissions (generally known as your "carbon footprint") when cooking:
- Reduce food waste. Meal plans and shopping lists help you figure out your food needs. Try to plan ahead. Your leftovers can generate delicious dishes. Compost food if possible.
- Reduce energy consumption. Reduce your energy consumption by not pre-heating the oven or overcooking food. Cast iron, ceramic and glass cookware retain heat better. Open your door only when strictly necessary: every time you do the temperature drops 25 degrees. If you have a dishwasher, run it only when it is full and set on the most efficient settings.
- Be more efficient in using water. Don’t let the faucet running while you’re cooking. Wash vegetables and fruits in a large bowl, instead of under the faucet. Boil food in as little water as possible. Use the water from boiling to water on your plants. Filter your water to reduce the energy used to produce, transport and dispose of plastic water bottles.
- Preserve your produce. If you buy local and seasonal produce, make it last longer through innovative techniques such as dehydrating or lacto-fermentation.
- Recycle. Most packaging is recyclable, but you will need to separate and sort. Find creative uses for old packaging.