Eating is not just a fact of life, it’s often also fun and pleasurable, an opportunity to take time out of our busy day to catch up with family and friends. But how often do we think about where our food comes from, how it was produced, and the impact of its production on people and planet?

Believe it or not, what we eat can have a big impact on our carbon footprint. According to Eat Low Carbon, the food system is responsible for a third of global greenhouse gas emissions, partly due to farming practices and partly due to the distances some products have to travel by truck, boat and plane to end up on our plates.

The What’s For Lunch challenge gets students to think about the energy consumption associated with food production and transportation and the benefits of buying local. For our second Citizen Challenge, we are asking Canadians to do the same. Here’s how it works:

1. Create your own local food recipe
Research what’s available in your area and try to put together a meal using only local products.  

2. Calculate the carbon footprint of your lunch
Consider the ingredients that went into your lunch. Where did they come from? How were they produced? Are there locally available alternatives to help lower the carbon footprint of your diet?

Some resources to help you get started:

– Eat Low Carbon

3. Share what you learned!

On Twitter, share a photo of your locally-sourced meal or your favourite recipes with us at @Energy_Lit using the hashtag #thinkcreatedo!