Step 1: Explore to its core
To get started on developing your infographic, you will first need to research about sustainable eating, its impact and different types of sustainable meals that you could encourage others to prepare. By doing this, you will ensure that your infographic explores and displays factual information that will encourage others to take eco-friendly measures and eat more sustainably.
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Step 2: The Fundamentals of Sustainability
You know that it is important to consume food responsibly, ethically and in an environmentally-kind way, but now you think it will be important to focus on the impact of food waste on the environment. Food waste, like all waste, takes vital natural resources from the planet and wastes them. Cutting down on food waste could also reduce carbon emissions and ensure the food security for communities around the world.
It could also be beneficial to explore green initiatives that look to promote food sustainability. In recent years in Ireland the Farm-to-Fork movement has really gotten some traction, as people want to be able to trace where their food comes from. These focus areas could be aspects that you could highlight through your infographic.
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From your research, you could include a fact, or several facts, found in the links above to display on your infographic. This could have a dramatic impact on the viewer, as they realise that in Ireland, we throw away a lot of food. By including information about the Farm2Fork initiative you could also encourage them to get involved and eat more sustainably. With your visual representation of this information, your infographic can reach your community more quickly, directly, and clearly. It is known that 90% of the information that passes through our brain is visual and that human beings process a visual element much faster than when we read the same idea in text. Here is hoping it will encourage your community to eat more sustainably!
Step 3: Menu Prep
For your infographic, you decide that you want to create a 3-course traditional Irish menu, based on sustainable food sources, to share with your community. You think that by showing others how they can prepare sustainable meals, that it will encourage them to enact this change within their own diets. You decide to investigate Irish sustainable food producers to put together your ‘sustainable plate’.
The most important things to remember when preparing your ‘sustainable plate’ include:
Ask where does the food come from? Is it locally sourced?
Purchase seasonal foods.
Consider purchasing organic produce.
Buy foods with minimum food packaging (where possible).
Avoid processed foods.
Try to avoid food waste.
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What is your favourite Irish meal? Try to create a 3-course menu that you know will be delicious! After you have picked your menu, conduct your research to see how and where you could gather your ingredients so that you know they are ethically, responsibly, and sustainably sourced.
Step 4: Time to Design
After you have decided what foods and facts you are going to include on your infographic, it is time to get designing! The best way to get your infographic noticed is to make sure that it is eye-catching, factual, and colourful! You can search the internet for inspiration to design your infographic, or perhaps you have some creative ideas of your own!
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Step 5: Let’s get sharing!
Now that you have created your infographic it is time to share it with your peers, youth leaders and community to encourage them to eat in a more sustainable way. You could print out copies and display them in your youth centre, but maybe this is not the most sustainable option. Instead, you could upload your infographic to your Youth Centre’s social media page and promote sustainable eating on different social media platforms. The most important thing is to attract the attention of your community to have more eco-friendly diets that can have a positive impact on the environment and their own health!
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