At the beginning of the course about sustainability, I thought it was going to be simple but it turned out to be the most complex issue. Over the past years when we had a few guest lectures about sustainability at school, the subject seemed so simple. Though today I learned that is far more than simple. It is not only about not throwing away food that is still edible. It is also not only about what kind of materials your clothes consist of. There are so much more within the concept of sustainability.
The first thing we did in class was filling out a questionnaire on http://www.footprintcalculator.org
There were questions regarding the food consumption, housing type and what the material your house is of, the size of it, the number of people occupying your home, electricity, waste and your travel routine. I did not have my computer with me when I did it in class and thus did it on my phone. It was a bit difficult to answer all the questions all due to a small screen and not having access to a trackpad. And when I went through the questions once more, I noticed that I had forget a very important one, namely to add more details to my travel routine. So I have retaken this test thoroughly and here is my result:
I have been trying to change and adapt my choices of living, traveling and eating to get just one Earth instead for 1.3 Earths as result and I found to be impossible, because I had to become purely vegan (I need to eat eggs and fish😅), only eat fresh locally produced food, live alone in a smallest house with no running water or electricity and not traveling at all. Perhaps the eggs and fish can be locally produced and bought as freshly as possible. I am aware there are those who are living without running water and electricity in other parts of the world, but since we are able to produce 100 % environmental friendly electricity and energy today then everyone could have electricity and running water and still live a sustainable life. And as I earlier hinted, I am thinking about the same thing in line with the production and consumption of food. If everything is locally produced then it would be sustainable, would it not? Today, we dug deeper into this question by focusing on which kinds of tomatoes that are the most sustainable to buy. This was a really complex question, especially with so many different kinds of tomatoes which you can find at ICA today: cherry tomatoes, plum tomatoes, vine tomatoes, Eco and Krav labeled tomatoes and beef tomatoes. I would obviously choose locally produced cherry tomatoes without any further thought. However, different kind of tomatoes have different price ranges and in most cases I tend to choose the cheapest price. I believe that we need to make it much easier for everyone to be sustainable in the world 🙂😇