The climate crisis is accelerating at the fastest rate we’ve ever seen and there’s no doubt: we need to do something! One way to reduce your impact in 2020 is taking the Veganuary pledge.
Following a plant-based diet has a significantly lower environmental impact than other diets. It is the kindest diet for animals and for the planet and it is generally healthier. And with really good vegan options available in our stores and online shop, there’s no better time than today to try living the vegan lifestyle.
A great way to start your vegan journey is by participating in Veganuary. It is a UK registered charity that inspires people to try vegan for the month of January and throughout the rest of the year.
It is a pledge to follow the vegan diet for 31 days. Most people take the pledge in January, but you can sign up for it any time of the year. After taking the pledge, Veganuary will send you daily emails with recipes, tips, information and meal plans to try vegan for a month.
The number of participants goes up every year and the number of people signing up for environmental reasons is constantly increasing. The reason is that more and more people are connecting diet to health, and not just personal health but the health of the planet too.
WHY THE VEGAN LIFESTYLE IS GOOD FOR THE PLANET?
As you can imagine, a huge amount of land is needed to graze animals and to grow the grain to feed them. In order to create enough farmland to cater for the global meat demand, precious natural habitats and ancient forests are razed to the ground. We’re losing 18.7 million acres of forests every year – that’s equivalent to 27 soccer fields every minute.
The damage is not only related to the trees: without the canopy above, forest soils quickly dry out, becoming fragile and desert. And without trees to absorb greenhouse gases, larger amounts of CO2 enter the atmosphere, increasing the speed and severity of global warming.
In fact, another dangerous problem for our planet is the greenhouse effect. It is the natural process of the sun warming the Earth’s surface. This sun’s heat gets trapped by the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere (primarily carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, methane, ozone, and water vapor) and this causes the global temperature to rise, also known as global warming.
According to the report published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, animal agriculture is responsible for an estimated 18% of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. The study also said that livestock is responsible for 35% to 40% of global human-caused methane emissions and 65% of global human-caused nitrous oxide emissions. These are two of the most potent greenhouse gases on Earth!
And what about water? So, while it takes a staggering 9,000 litres of water to produce just one pound of beef, it takes just 60 litres of water to produce one pound of potatoes or 229 litres to produce one pound of rice. The United Nations describes animal farming as having ‘an enormous impact on water use’.
The best way to save water, trees and greenhouse gas emissions is to eat vegan!
IF MORE PEOPLE BECAME VEGAN…
If we produced plant products instead of animal products, there would be enough land to grow food for the whole global population – and more. Of course, we won’t save the planet in 31 days, but with 350,000 people expected to go vegan during Veganuary, we will save tens of thousands of CO2 emissions, and of course countless animal lives.
On top of reducing your environmental impact and saving animals, the vegan diet can also have a positive impact on your body and health.
Take the Veganuary pledge, and visit our stores and ONLINE SHOP to discover our wide range of vegan products. And don’t forget to try our vegan recipes to enjoy delicious food while being kind to the planet!