Cook for yourself. Cook for your loved ones. And share your cooking and food ideas with neighbors, co-workers, your kid’s school, and even your mayor. Will Grant’s inspiring video on the Four Levels of Action made me think about the local power we can wield as cooks. His talk comes from the workshop Reversing Global Warming: Introduction to Drawdown that I’ve been convening this fall. Please watch it, then read on.
What if we took this concept of sharing what we know about food and food systems with our own levels 2 and 3? That would be our family and friends, plus our community and local institutions. We could make a huge difference!
In the coming year, I’m going to share ways to amplify our power as cooks. The stakes couldn’t be higher. As I’ve written before, Project Drawdown analyzed 100 ways to reduce global warming. By impact, reducing food waste was third, and adopting a plant-rich diet was fourth. Together, what and how we eat can cool the planet more than the top solution, improved refrigerant handling. What we eat can also have a huge impact on the happiness and well being of people and animals.
To start this series, read about Linda Rapp Nelson’s Cookie Exchange Luncheon and Benefit for the Blind Spot Animal Refuge. You’ll see what made this party such a fun success and get tips for throwing your own.
If you know of other local or regional food-related projects like this, please let me know. Let’s learn from each other about how to help our communities eat more wisely.
- Invite your doctor to a conference on the benefits of a whole food, plant-based diet.
- Petition your city to put serving more plant-based food and reducing food waste in its comprehensive plan.