Guest Post by Drew Dennehy
Can you live without that hot, steaming mug of delicious coffee? If you answered no, then you better read on and take heed.
The worsening climate crises could potentially keep you from enjoying your daily dose of caffeine.
Saving Your Cup of Joe
Along with wine and chocolates, coffee is one of the crops that might disappear if global temperatures keep on rising. Unseasonal rainfall, Mother Nature’s tempestuous mood swings, deforestation, and climate change can all affect coffee production and disrupt the coffee supply chain.
More and more areas around the globe are facing food insecurity. This situation is also felt across coffee industries, especially in coffee-producing regions that are more vulnerable to rapid environmental impact. Coffee-exporting nations such as Columbia, Honduras, and Vietnam already face challenges with the current volatile coffee production conditions.
If you are in the coffee business, taking a coffee-roasting course to be a barista, or simply an avid coffee drinker, then you should also take a stand against the climate crises that are sweeping the world. Besides supporting coffee stores and suppliers who are part of ethical and sustainable direct trade coffee programs, you can also do your share to curb climate change.
Here are some ways for you to protect your coffee supply and, more importantly, the world, as shared by THREE Coffee Roasters in Dubai:
1. Make Sustainable Food Choices
Believe it or not, you can contribute to stopping climate change just by tweaking your food choices. While you are not expected to become a full-on vegetarian or vegan, it wouldn’t hurt to at least reduce or eliminate your meat consumption.
According to Greenpeace, industrial meat is bad for the planet because it releases billions of tons of carbon dioxide, causes deforestation and forest fires, and kills wildlife, among others. Swapping conventionally raised meat for beans and other greener food choices can help keep 75.3 million tons of carbon dioxide out of our atmosphere.
2. Stop Food Wastage
There are 1.3 billion tons of food wasted every year, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Aside from the social impact of food wastage, it also brings environmental consequences.
Avoid discarding edible food, as doing so also means that you are not considering all the resources used to bring food to your table. Take an apple, for instance. Producing one apple takes an average of 125 liters of water. Throwing one out is akin to pouring that same amount of water down the drain.
Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Remember that for each plate you waste, you are also wasting water used for irrigation, land space for planting, and the fuel used for harvest and transport of your food.
3. Plug Into Green Transport
Millions of vehicles emit greenhouse gases that harm the environment. You can consider switching to eco-friendly options to help cut back on the noxious substances produced by non-renewable fuels.
You can start by riding a bike or choosing to walk, especially if your destination is just nearby. These methods are also great forms of physical activity that can contribute to better health.
Another green option is to ride electric vehicles. Fully electric vehicles do not burn fuel and hence, have zero direct emissions. If available, take public transportation that runs on electric energy instead of combustion engines.
4. Pursue a Sustainable Lifestyle
Changing the way you live can also impact your carbon footprint.
You can start by choosing energy-efficient products over conventional ones. Switching to solar energy, LED lamps or bulbs, and energy-efficient appliances is one of the ways that you can do it.
Recycling and reusing materials around your home is another way of helping the environment. Instead of throwing bottles or old cooking pots, you can use them as decorative articles or home organisers, for example.
Composting your kitchen scraps and inedible leftovers is also an excellent way to put food waste to good use. By doing so, you are helping dial down emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.
One of the most important ways that you can help save the planet is to avoid single-use plastic. Bring reusable utensils to work, or bring your coffee canister or mug to help lessen plastic waste.
5. Join Planting Activities
Plants and trees, of course, have a significant impact when it comes to helping nurture the Earth. By planting, you can reduce carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as plants consume this greenhouse gas.
When plants “breathe” and “perspire” through the process of transpiration, they also help cool the environment. Trees planted around your home or office can keep your house cool. In fact, according to the U.S. Forest Service Center for Urban Forest Research, you can save up to 30% of energy use just by properly placing three trees around your house.
Wake Up and Save the Coffee
With all the information we shared above, you may now be looking at your cup of coffee from a whole new perspective. Thinking about how your favorite beverage (and the world you’ve come to know) could potentially be wiped off the face of the planet can certainly wake you up to the realities of climate change and what you can do about it.
Don’t just smell the coffee. Let it fuel your drive to make a difference and help save the world.
Drew Dennehy is the co-founder of THREE Coffee, one of the region’s leading specialty coffee companies, headquartered in Dubai. His passion for coffee has led to the pursuit of career opportunities around the world from New Zealand and Europe to the United Arab Emirates. Drew’s goal is to enhance the coffee experience and ensure the industry is sustainable at every level. “We will achieve this by telling the story of the farmers who make each cup possible.”