Healthy Living & Eating
Everything we eat and drink all contributes to our carbon footprint.
Resources such as water, land and energy are not only needed for cultivation, rearing, irrigation and harvesting; but also for transportation, storage, processing, packaging and marketing.
Energy and water are also required to chill, freeze, prepare and cook food in our homes, schools, restaurants and shops.
Each year a third of all the food the world produces is wasted, thrown in the bin or ends up in landfill sites. Check out this video from UNEP – Think, Eat Save
Not My Season - Matthew Elliott
Make The Pledge - Nikki Miles
Hot Dog - Hiromi Suzuki
Thinking carefully about the way we eat, it’s not only good for us, but also good for the planet.
Visit Mission: Explore FOOD to learn about growing, harvesting, waste and soil. Discover how our choices affect people and places around the world too.
Here are some suggestions to lead more sustainable lives through healthy eating.
Eat locally & seasonally
It’s not only fresher, tastier and healthier – it’s good for the planet too
Look at the labels on fruit and vegetables on supermarket shelves.
Where were they grown? How far have they travelled?
The distance is referred to as food miles
Is there an alternative closer to home?
Try to eat fruit and vegetables that are in season.
Plant Art in a Pallet Garden
© Chris Collins
Somerset Apple Orchard
Painting by Abbie & Ruby aged 8
Butleigh Primary, Glastonbury, Somerset
Grow insect and bee friendly plants
Bumble Bee Print by Luca aged 13
Kew House School, London
Grow your own
You don’t need a garden and you can grow indoors all year round.
Recycle old cartons and containers to make plant pots, hanging baskets and window boxes.
Try growing cress, tomatoes, parsley, radishes and strawberries. Find out how to get started from Eat Seasonably
If you have a garden, no matter how small, transform a sunlit corner into a vegetable patch.
Grow vegetable for Wildlife with this activity sheet.
Runner beans, peas or rosemary not only taste great when picked from fresh, but the flowers will attract bees and other insects too!
Speak to your teachers about having an allotment or wild flower bed at school, you could also find out if there is a community garden near you.
Get creative with composting
Dalek Compost Bin
Photo © Chris Collins
Get creative with plants
Photo © Chris Collins
Draw inspiration from plants
Mixed media by Sasha & Chloe aged 12
Portree High School, Isle of Skye
Check out Allotment Gardening for more ideas
Find out about food, farming and the countryside from Royal Highland Education Trust
Discover free, local healthy food from Hedgerow Harvest
Look up The Soil Association for planet-friendly organic food and farming.
Reduce Food Waste
If apples or strawberries are past their prime, don’t throw them away; make a smoothie or a pie.
Don’t bin black banana’s they make great banana bread or flapjacks.
For more ideas visit Love Food Hate Waste
Take part in the United Nations Environment Programme’s Think East Save Student Challenge (UNEP and WWF Germany Thurn Films)
Save fruit and vegetable peelings to make compost visit Recycle Now
Everything in nature can be recycled so that nothing goes to waste. It is also good gardening practice to compost!
Mixed media by Kelei aged 9 Hendre Junior School, Gwent
Get creative with your seed sowing.
Design patterns when planting vegetables © Chris Collins
Mixed Group, aged 8-9 Portree Primary, Isle of Skye
Eat Less Meat
We can all reduce our carbon footprint by eating less meat.
Intensive (industrial) and traditional forms of meat production result in the release of greenhouse gases.
Make meat a special treat by introducing meat free days into your week.
Look at the labeling to check the meat is responsibly farmed and sourced.
Be Fish Friendly
Our everyday actions have an impact on our marine environments.
Too many fish are being taken from the sea.
Many species that were once common are now under threat from over fishing and pollution in our seas and oceans.
Make a difference by only choosing to eat fish that are caught or farmed in responsible ways.
Look at the labels on cans and supermarket fresh fish counters or freezers.
Choose dolphin friendly tuna and fish caught in sustainable methods such as line, pot, diver or hand-gathered
Look out for the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) logo.
Homegrown Pizza – made from tomatoes,
peppers, chilies and basil all grown in pots
By Jessie Aged 15
Monks Walk School Hertfordshire
The Big Draw
Photo © Campaign for Drawing
Be Creative with Food
Design a calendar illustrating when fruits and vegetables are in season throughout the year.
Put your imagination to the test with leftovers
Turn stale bread into croutons, stuffing or breadcrumbs
Transform cooked vegetables, fish and meat into soups, pies, pasta bakes and stir-fries
Use visual language to encourage others to think about food on our plates.
Create your own recipes and share them with friends - you could even film yourself making them.
For great ideas on food and gardening visit Henri Le Worm
Photo © The Land Trust
Get Close to Nature
Photo © The Wildlife Trusts - Debs Richardson Bull
Our Woven Woodland Artwork Year 2 Pupils
Riverhead Infants School, Kent
See the Get Out - Get Active for even more ideas.
Digging, planting, watering and weeding is a practical way to enjoy being outdoors.
Not only is it a great way to work-out, but you can enjoy cooking and eating the end results and help to improve the natural habitat for birds, bees, insects and other wildlife.
Getting outdoors is good for us in so many ways. It helps us to:
Understand our connection with nature
Increase levels of activity and fitness
Improve circulation to distribute oxygen and blood through our bodies
Boosts our immunity to coughs and colds
Builds strong bones by absorbing calcium through Vitamin D from sunlight
Reduce stress and improve our sense of well-being
Its Our World aims to encourage children and young people (aged 4-19 years) in the UK to consider the environment in which they live, not just in an observational way, but also by reflecting upon the impact we all make upon the natural world during everyday life."You must be the change you wish to see in the world" - Mahatma Gandhi