Lian Nael Al-Dahshan, a nutritionist, and graduate of the College of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Palestine, in Gaza
She started volunteering 4 years ago in institutions and private businesses, interested in everything about public health, She firmly believes in saying that each person among us distinguishes one thing from the other, and all our efforts complement each other to reach a wonderful work and give us a positive result, and she always reminds herself that if any work is completed and fails, she won the experience herself and did not waste my time with fear that she will pass it.
“Sustainable diet trend and zero emissions Nexus”
Recently, while the whole world, people, media, and politics is busy taking care of the epidemic, another crisis remains, and that is the climate crisis and sustainability in all its dimensions.
In a real talk about this, we humans want the same thing and it is a safe place to live on this planet, but there is a clear message that climate change is real and humans are responsible, and the effects are very serious.
The whole world is starting to feel the effects of climate change, but the fact is that global warming is about 1 degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels, Every half a degree (or even less) of global warming of the Earth are important.
The temperature on our planet results from the balance between the energy coming to the earth from the sun and the energy leaving the earth in outer space (energy balance) And because the Earth is already reacting strongly to small, potentially long-lasting changes in the amount of carbon dioxide, methane, and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, emissions of these gases must be reduced so that the entire system returns to equilibrium again.
And because today’s event (Zero Emission) has great importance and the responsibility to protect the environment is a joint responsibility between several actors at the international and national levels through the concerted efforts of the state, civil society, and citizens. Yes, this last citizen has one of the biggest impacts on the environment and climate change. However, the reality indicates that the citizen usually practices negative behaviours in the field of environmental protection due to his\her lack of a sense of environmental responsibility. This is due to his\her lack of awareness of the importance of the role in the field of facing environmental challenges, and this calls for the understanding of this role, which can only be achieved through the spread of environmental awareness in Palestine and worldwide that can lead to achieving sustainability.
In fact, 2020 was assumed to be a critical year for the climate, but global warming has slipped to second place in global attention due to the COVID 19.
Zero emissions are defined as the source of energy that does not result in waste pollution to the environment or disrupt the climate, while people interested in the environment and climate change create forms and types of solutions and mitigate the problem of zero emissions. Such as (a zero-emission vehicle, a zero-emission train, or a self-sufficient building with energy, which depends on a combination of high energy efficiency, on the one hand, generates sufficient renewable energy for the building and its residents from environmentally friendly, cheap, clean, renewable and readily available sources)
But on the other hand, Palestinian citizens can contribute to reducing harmful emissions without spending a lot of money under bad financial conditions while preserving their health at the same time. Also, according to a study conducted at the University of Oxford in Britain, food production is the cause of a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions and contributes significantly to the warming of our planet, and the shift to a sustainable food system is an important element in addressing the causes of climate change. Their findings indicated that meat and other animal products are responsible for producing more than half of greenhouse gas emissions from the foods people eat.
Although it does not provide its users with more than a fifth (20 percent) of the number of calories they consume.
This is explained by the diet, so what is a sustainable diet ??
A sustainable diet is a type of diet that provides healthy food that focuses on low carbon emissions and linked to lower greenhouse gas emissions, also encourages local production and distribution infrastructure, and makes nutritious food available, accessible, and affordable for all. Moreover, it is considered humane and equitable and protects farmers and other workers, consumers, and communities
The Oxford University study published its findings in the journal Science says that avoiding meat and dairy could cut our greenhouse gases (or our carbon footprint) from food by nearly two-thirds.
What habits can we focus on in a sustainable diet that can save us from over-buying?
• Buy local, fresh, seasonal foods
Because it is fresher and more nutritious, The carbon residue in seasonal food is less than in food that travels distances, And you are aware of the method of production and the conditions of cultivation
• Buying food products that have a longer shelf life (thicker skin)
• Think again before purchasing non-local foods if there is a better seasonal alternative or not
Given all of the above, there is a strong relationship between zero emissions and a sustainable diet, so that a sustainable diet serves (zero emissions) and improve human and environmental health.”