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Preventing water crises

If we want change, we must change ourselves

Food overproduction is an increasingly severe problem worldwide, and it goes hand in hand with industrial level wasting of water. In addition to the health considerations associated with what’s on our plates, conscious consumer decisions can also help to combat climate change to some extent.

A few simple guidelines can be put to very good use for conscious consumption:

  • Buy from reliable local producers
    This will not only minimise the ecological footprint of our food, but also support the local economy.
  • Choose seasonal fruit and vegetables
    Food that arrives in our kitchens from local farms rather than the other end of the world is healthier and more environment friendly, too.
  • Let’s not waste
    Buy only as much food as you really need.
  • Eat healthy
    We should avoid ready-to-cook processed foods. They are not only rich in additives and unnecessary packaging, their production also requires a lot of energy.
  • Support ethical producers
    We should pay attention to the methods of production we support with our purchases.
  • Bring back the tastes of old
    Let’s rediscover the local crops that have fallen out of favour. Try Jerusalem artichokes instead of potatoes or cornel cherries instead of raspberries.
  • Buy organic produce
    Chemical-free foods are good not only for us, but for the environment, too.
  • Have at least one meat-free day each week
    The water consumption of the meat industry is several times higher than that of plant cultivation, so reducing our meat consumption a little protects water reserves.
  • Cook
    Home-made food is usually not only cheaper but also healthier, since we can pick our ingredients ourselves.
  • Think about the real price of food
    When shopping, look beyond the packaging and the price tag to consider the real cost of delivering the goods to shelves.
Buying from local producers doesn’t only support the local economy, it can also reduce the ecological footprint of our food Photo: Shutterstock
Further information: Food Tank

Overeating fattens ecological problems, too

Most people are aware that any unnecessary calories we ingest are detrimental to our health, but few consider that food consumed in excess of our real needs – and the energy, water and other resources used for its production – is of little utility, it is practically wasted.

Sustainable materials for the fashion industry?

The textile industry is one of the most polluting industries of all: it produces microfibres and chemicals and uses huge quantities of water while making 150 billion new articles of clothing every year. The environmental load caused by the fashion industry causes inestimable damage, and the best way to counteract that is to choose clothing made of more sustainable textiles. But where are they?

New perspectives for the feast table – or what on earth is insect marketing?

Food waste is a growing problem in developed countries. Massive amounts of perfectly edible food is thrown away because of merely aesthetic blemishes. The psychological factor behind the phenomenon is disgust, which may apply in relation to edible insects, as well. That attitude ought to be reconsidered from a climate protection perspective.

Washing tips to reduce the quantity of microplastics

In recent years, a new concept related to environmental pollution has gained wide-ranging recognition: microplastics. The term denotes pieces of plastic smaller than 5 mm resulting from the break-up of plastic items. During washing, clothing made of synthetic fibres sheds many microfibres that pollute our waters and damage our environment.

Are drastic lifestyle changes required to protect the climate?

A BBC article suggests that people’s personal responsibility doesn’t stop at reducing car traffic: eating and shopping habits must also be rethought.

Pope Francis sees the solution in more simple and respectful lifestyles

Pope Francis urged people to change their lifestyles and to take concrete action instead of empty words in his message communicated on the Fifth World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, issued to young people raising their voice for the environment on 1 September.

The two rules on sustainable water future: use less, pollute less!

The population of Earth is growing drastically, while the planet has had a constant quantity of water ever since its creation. So, in addition to the sparing use of water, it is equally important not to pollute our existing stock of water.

Using creativity to combat the wasting of water

How do you encourage people to use less water? This was the quandary that Denver Water hired the creative agency Sukle to help solve. Their cooperation has resulted in over a decade of spectacular advertising campaigns that have inspired the citizens of Denver to save water.

We are unprepared for the worst-case scenario

Jem Bendell, a professor of sustainability leadership at the University of Cumbria asks the most depressing question of our age in his paper entitled Deep Adaptation: A Map for Navigating Climate Tragedy: what will happen if the most pessimistic scenario plays out concerning global warming?

Can veganism change the world?

A video published by The Economist entitled “How could veganism change the world?” claims that if we all consumed less meat, emissions of greenhouse gases could be reduced significantly, while the consumption of fresh water would drop to 70 percent and land use to 40 percent.

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