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 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/
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