I have reached the most difficult phase on my net carbon zero One Tonne of Carbon per Year project. Yesterday I calculated that gas Heating my flat for 45 minutes (to take the edge of a freezing cold evening) takes up the whole of my daily carbon budget (2.684Kg of a 2.7Kg daily carbon budget)
Plus I realised that I am not having enough nutrition. The corner of my mouth is cracked which indicates a deficiency of zinc, iron, B vitamins B3 B2 B12 And possibly skimping on protein In winter we need to up our nutrition to cope with colder temperatures and less sunlight
I will not make myself ill to stick to the budget. But firstly I will up my intake of nutrients with foods I have mostly avoided. I have been craving chicken stock, fish and oysters. So I will give in to that craving and see if i can manage to make it work?
I am exploring purchasing a 2nd hand white framed infrared panel heater on ebay so I can keep the project going. I have also changed my energy supplier from Bulb (who seems to just buy renewable energy certificates) to Ecotricity who actively re-invest profits in producing renewable electricity.
Forgoing heating for the entire winter is not practical. I will need to resolve this. Winter brings very different and pressing challenges on net carbon zero.
I have also bought some food sourced supplements to up my nutrition whilst I recalibrate and adjust to the cold weather.
Organic oat porridge with a handful of roasted hazelnuts – 120g
4 x tea with milk – 200g
150g pan fried fresh Mackerel fillets on a bed of mustard greens from Farmers Market – 200g
Note: I am referring to my Finnish notes which have Herring fillets at 1Kg Carbon per kilo
3 pieces of seeded rye bread with organic palm oil free peanut butter – 200g
125g of risotto rice cooked in homemade fish stock with 25g parmesan (300g) and slither of butter (117g) – guesstimate 1Kg
Note: Rice is a high carbon grain at 2.7-4kg per kilo. Whole wheat is just 0.6kg per kilo. I need something comforting, warming and nutritionally rich. The stock comes from white fish bones that the fishmonger was about to throwaway. I am not putting on the heating tonight.
1 organic satsuma – 90g
1 omega 3 fish oil capsule – ?
1 Zinc plus B vitamins supplement capsule – ?
1 hour BBC radio – ?
UK average water use – 38g
Time online – approx 5 hours –
Data and servers – 5 x 50 = 250g
Device – iphone – 5 x 12g = 60g
Tweets 50 – 50 x 0.02 =1g
Fridge – 64g
3 wordpress blogs – ?