Over the last 10 days or so, some of you may have seen some adverts on the tube which look a little bit like this:
Turns out there’s this fad called ‘Veganuary’ (yes, that’s the words vegan and January smushed together) in order to encourage people to ditch the meat and #SaveRocky (the cow), #SaveErnie (the pig) or #SaveEric (the chicken).
Now, animal welfare isn’t the only reason to avoid eating the red stuff. Unfortunately, our ever-increasing consumption of cheap meat is not very sustainable on a planetary level – it’s contributing to climate change, rainforest destruction and raising the pH levels of rivers: not to mention being pretty unsustainable from a health perspective too, contributing to diabetes and high blood pressure.
Those of you who’ve been listening to my ranting for a while, will realise that I’ve written about vegetarianism before, and will perhaps know that cattle contribute more to global warming than cars, planes and lorries added together. Therefore, I won’t repeat myself too much, (anyone who hasn’t read my previous posts, see here) but I will instead ask for one, small, actionable change that you can implement today: Eat. Less. Meat.
I’m not asking you to go full-out vegan (I myself am partaking in vegan January. Thus far it’s going OK…but it might be hard when someone offers me a chocolate hobnob – I’ll report back), nor am I even asking you to commit to being vegetarian: there are SO many other ways in which you can cut down on your animal product intake. Whether or not you go cold turkey (pun intended), or would rather just be a bit more conscious about your consumption, all approaches are valid and fully supported. Any gimmick to help you do it: Meatless Mondays, meat-free lunches, swapping chicken for chickpeas, dropping the weekday bacon sandwiches… all are great. And if everyone did all or any of these things, the global demand for meat would drop significantly, and make the world a much more sustainable place to be.
For any help you may need in being an ecological ‘flexitarian’, please head to this great blog: The Ecotarian.
This post forms Week 2 of our 2017 Revolution – to make 1 positive change in our lives every single week. Please send us your stories, and let us know how your revolution is going!