My 3 Day Vegetarian Challenge

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Last week I tried my hand at organizing a 3 Day vegetarian challenge in my house. To my surprise and delight, I managed to convince 28 other staff and students to come along with me (yes a handful were vegetarians already, but still). I checked up on the 2nd day, and there was only 1 […]

owLast week I tried my hand at organizing a 3 Day vegetarian challenge in my house. To my surprise and delight, I managed to convince 28 other staff and students to come along with me (yes a handful were vegetarians already, but still).

I checked up on the 2nd day, and there was only 1 student who committed to it that fell off the wagon. Again pretty impressive in my opinion. I published some facts about the environmental impact this had over 3 days in the school’s morning announcement on Earth Day(see below).

Just to be clear, I am definitely meat eater, and it is unlikely that I will go fully vegetarian, but cutting down on meat a few days a week doesn’t seem that big a commitment, but has a big impact on the environment (not to mention the animals).

 

This has me wondering if I can take this anywhere…

 

The following statistics are the environmental impact we made

 

  • Saved one thousand square meters of rain forest
  • Conserved one million litres of water
  • Each of the 28 people reduced their carbon footprint to one third of

that of a meat eater’s carbon footprint.

  • Not to mention a few relieved chickens, pigs and fish.

 

All this in three days. Imagine if we all stopped eating meat for 3 days every week!

 

Interested? watch this video: http://blog.ted.com/2010/05/18/why_im_a_weekda/

 

Statistics taken from:

http://www.vegansa.com/veganism-and-the-environment.php

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4 comments until now

  • This is one of my favorite uber geeky topics to talk about! So glad to hear you doing stuff with it through house. We should do something for next year around this – meat free Mondays in the cafeteria, screening Food, Inc., reading excerpts from Omnivore’s Dilemma, the ideas go on!

    By Teresa April 25, 2011 @ 9:45 am
    • I’m planning on continuing my 3 days a week, and am going to try and bring some of the students along if I can. I am all for working towards a meat free Mondays. My friend Brighde tried it at her school, and sent me her proposal. I’ll make a presentation to sell the idea.

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      By Alastair Moir April 26, 2011 @ 2:53 am
      • Hey,

        Any help needed here, please let me know… Meatless Mondays is a fantastic idea and generates lots of discussion. Personally, I am not a fan of Michael Pollen at all, but he does have clout. I have some other excellent books. My absolute favourite is Food Revolution by the incredible John Robbins… I have a copy of it here and Natalie has also read it and will vouch for it.

        link to amazon.com

        If you can implement it and your school, then you’ll have done better than me!

        Also, something that might be interesting is having a showing of this film which shows the benefits to our health of eating a plant-based diet.

        link to forksoverknives.com

        It is coming out next month.

        Good luck!

        By Brighde Reed April 26, 2011 @ 3:03 pm

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