Monday 19 April | Joanna Stark

For her #100DaysOfGreenNevis project, cellist Joanna Stark is doing some research into climate change and writing daily songs about the things she finds out!

We first heard from Joanna on day thirty of the campaign. You can read her post here.

I have particularly enjoyed researching food sustainability during my songwriting challenge since enrolling on Futurelearn’s ‘Future Food’ course. As a long-term vegetarian/vegan, I have been used to making food choices on ethical grounds, but I wasn’t really aware how significantly our food systems impact our environment between production, processing and waste.

Day 6 is a chirpy song about the benefits of eating more fruit and veg (aka a ‘rainbow’) in our diet by following the Planetary Health Diet, suggested by the EAT-Lancet Commission (https://eatforum.org/learn-and-discover/the-planetary-health-diet/). By doing so, we could reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by 60%, and prevent mass deforestation, wildfires, soil water and air pollution threatening our biodiversity.

Day 6

Days 25 and 26 tease out some thoughts on food waste in the home and in the supermarket food supply chain. I was shocked when I read that c. 1.8 billion tonnes of food is wasted per year, which, when sent to landfill instead of composted, releases harmful methane into the atmosphere. A lot of this waste is the fault of Supermarket marketing strategies and mislabelling, yet food is wasted even before it gets to the supermarket- around 1⁄3 of total farm production- due to tight cosmetic standards (which is crazy when you consider how many undernourished people that amount of food could feed…).

Day 25
Day 26

I think that by supporting local farms/businesses, veg-box schemes, planning our meals to buy only what we need and repurposing our food waste through compost schemes I hope that we could influence many aspects of the food sector in lowering their carbon footprint and strengthening our food security.

From 1 February 2021, Nevis is running #100DaysOfGreenNevis, where our musicians, staff and trustees will each take on a task for 100 days linked to Sustainability. We’d love you to join us, either by following the campaign online to get ideas of what you can do, or to show us you own actions for us to share. If you would like to know more, do get in touch at georgina@nevisensemble.org 

Nevis Ensemble’s #GreenNevis campaign in 2019 won the Environmental Sustainability award at the 2020 Scottish Awards for New Music, and was shortlisted for Best Campaign by Julie’s Bicycle.