With the first chinks of light at the end of the COVID-19 nightmare now visible, there seems to be a collective desire to use the opportunity to commit to a greener way of living – particularly when it comes to the way we shop, cook and eat.
I’m crossing my fingers and staying quietly hopeful that 2021 might just be the start of better things to come.
Entomophagy – the eating of insects, arachnids and centipedes – isn’t a new idea. It’s even mentioned in the Bible, as well as in ancient Roman and Greek texts. Most Brits, however, would view the idea of eating insects as absurd. And pretty gross.
But with some two billion people around the world eating insects as part of their regular diet, I wonder if we could one day get used to it here in Wales? One couple based in Pembrokeshire certainly thinks so.
Whilst our relationship with the natural world can play a huge part in cheering us up at this difficult time, the way we engage with the non-human world around us is exactly what got us into this mess. Our health and wellbeing as a species has always been dependent on how we treat the planet and everything which exists on it, but if this virus has taught us anything, it’s that for far too long we’ve been getting it seriously wrong.
By now, most of us know that we should be trying to fly less. Travelling by aeroplane accounts for 2% of total global greenhouse gas emissions, and those 39.4 million annual flights pump out toxic nitrogen oxide, cancer-causing exhaust particulates and carbon dioxide; the latter of which absorbs heat and re-emits it back to earth.
But for most people – with beloved friends and family often spread across the globe – completely quitting on flying is unlikely to be an option. So what can we do to reduce the impact of our aviation travel?