Happy Earth Day! As an environmentalist, I love earth day because it’s just another excuse to celebrate the lush forests & magnificent oceans on this beautiful planet. When talking about “environmentalism” or “sustainability”, I am hopeful at the amount of people I meet who want to do what they can to save the planet. The usual key words surround these goals, like “green”, “sustainable”, “recycle”, “cut down on amount I drive”, “stop using plastic straws” and the list goes on. However, what many people don’t realize or perhaps acknowledge, is the HUGE IMPACT of simply not eating animals or their by-products.Now at this point, you’ve probably started thinking “I could never go
vegan” or “I love the planet, but that’s a bit extreme”, but just hear me out, after all you can’t argue with facts, can you?
Personally, I thought going vegan just for the environment was CRAZY! This time last year, I was an ignorant vegetarian, who honestly thought that I could never go vegan, and that vegans were exaggerating with all those claims. Then I did my own research and watched some LIFECHANGING documentaries (cowspiracy, forks over knives). Let me tell you, this is not BS. Yes, initiatives like meatless Monday are making progress and exposing so many people to this lifestyle, but unfortunately, we’re beyond the point of small actions to significantly stop Climate change. Now you may be thinking, I’m just one person, how much change can I really make? What you eat is not just a personal choice. You are impacting the lives or animals and people around the world; negatively when you choose to eat meat, and positively when you choose beans instead. 1 person can make a HUGE difference, as you can be a catalyst in your social group and encourage others to join this simple but revolutionary lifestyle as well!
Here are some facts about why going vegan is not a personal choice:
We are growing enough food to feed 10 billion people. At least 50% of grain is fed to livestock. 82% of starving children live in counties where food is fed to animals, and the animals then eaten in western counties.
Growing feed for livestock uses 56% of water in the US.
A farm of 2, 500 dairy cows produces the same amount of waste as a city of 411,00 people.
Animal Agriculture is responsible for 18% of Green House Gas Emission. Transportation is responsible for 13%.
Cows produce 150 Billion Gallons of Methane per day. Methane is 25-100 time more destructive than CO2.
Even WITHOUT fossil fuels, we will exceed the CO2E limit by 2030, all from raising animals as our food.
Eating plant-based or Vegan:
5 acres can produce 37,000 pounds of plant-food. 1.5 Acres can produce 375 pounds of Beef.
Someone who follows a vegan diet produces 50% less CO2, uses 1/11thof the oil, 1/13 of water, 1/18th of land compared to a meat eater
EVERY DAY, a vegan saves 1,100 gallons of water, 45 lbs of grain, 30 sq. ft. of forest, 20lbs of Co2 and one animal’s life.
To conclude, I hope that some of this information has inspired you to make a change. Not just for you, but for other humans, animals, and the planet. You also may still be doubtful of what I have proposed. I encourage you to go do some research, see what you find. Yes reusing products and not using plastic products is very important. But compared to the scientifically proven impact of Animal Agriculture, reusable straws is a tiny step compared to the giant leap of veganism. I challenge you to take this leap & go vegan this week! Don’t be scared of chickpeas, as they will contribute to chick-peace. Going vegan is the biggest and most important step you can take to help save the environment.
Meal Plan & 22 day veganism challenge: https://www.challenge22.com/challenge22/
Watch Cowspiracy, Forks over Knives, What the Health on Netflix.
Youtube Mic the Vegan, Bite-sized Vegan, Happy Healthy Vegan, That Vegan Couple.