Inverclyde Association for Mental Health have received a grant from the Scottish Government through the Climate Challenge Fund. This will allow us to support and encourage the local community in reducing our carbon footprints.
Did you know that the UK alone discards more than 4 million tonnes of good, edible food, each year? This is more than 80 million wheelie bins worth!
And did you know that your weekly food waste could power your TV long enough to watch 35 episodes of Game of Thrones?
Waste is so bad for the environment, that if it were a country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gasses - right behind the amount of emissions produced by the USA and China!
We want to make sure that no one is wasting good food, and we can do this in a number of ways. Through this project, you can become aware of ways in which to minimise waste.
You will learn to cook tasty dishes using leftovers, and how to store food correctly.
You'll figure out how to buy (and make) the right amount of ingredients.
You'll enjoy getting crafty and using up every bit of your food.
You will become an expert on expiry dates and will be able to use your food longer (don't throw out those brown bananas just yet!).
And you will be taught how to recycle food in the most efficient way!
Get in touch!
Do you have a favourite recipe you want us to adapt? Or perhaps you have an idea for a cooking lesson that will impress us! We will let you know ASAP when and where our events are taking place, so watch this space!
Did you know it takes 74 times more water to produce 1 pound of beef than it does to produce 1 pound of tomatoes? That’s the difference between you taking a five minute shower, and a 370 minute shower!
Food is responsible for over a fifth of our average carbon footprint in Scotland. A lot of food emissions are tied up in processes that we aren't directly responsible for - for example, agriculture, production, processing, packaging, and transporting food. We can lower our impact on the planet by changing our attitude towards food.
How can we help you do this? Through this project you will become more aware of the carbon emissions in food.
You can experience a beginners cooking lesson in which you'll use low carbon ingredients to make a delicious, eco-friendly meal.
You will attend workshops where you can swap your favourite recipes and keep a diary of your fantastic new ideas.
You will learn where your food comes from - from field to fork - and become more aware of your impact on the planet.
You'll be interested in learning about seasonal vegetables and the benefits of purchasing/growing food locally.
You can make informed choices when cooking low carbon meals, and feel healthier!
A huge thank you to everyone who came along to our project launch day on Friday 26th July. It was a great turn out, and we had some brilliant conversations about how climate change has affected you and what you could get out of the Broomhill Gardens project.
We had sign-up sheets on the day for people to register their interest with certain activities - if you didn't manage to fill one out, download it here, and either pop back in to the Hub with it or send it over to firstname.lastname@example.org
Planting up some herbs at Acumen's Winter Wellness event
If you are in and around the Hub, come say hello to our new Climate Challenge Fund project officer, Erin. She's passionate about environmentalism and climate change, and she's more than happy to discuss with you all the ways in which you can reduce your carbon footprint...after she's talked your ear off about buying a reusable water bottle, of course!
She's very interested in all things involving animals and conservation efforts, and enjoys finding new low-carbon and veggie recipes to try at home. A recent graduate, she knows a thing or two about cooking creatively - she'll show you how to turn that leftover pizza into a healthy, tasty dish!
In her spare time, Erin enjoys travelling, reading and photography, as well as watching too many movies at the cinema.