Join Meatless Monday in Celebrating
Earth Day 2015

April 20th, 2015


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April 22nd is Earth Day, and if you’re wondering what you can do to show your love for our planet, joining the global Meatless Monday movement is a great place to start. The more we find out about the strain meat production is putting on the environment, the more significant skipping meat once a week becomes.

Freshwater depletion is one of the ecological concerns raised by industrial meat production. According to the Center for a Livable Future at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Schools of Public Health, an estimated 1,600 gallons of water are involved in producing just one pound of feedlot beef. The info graphic below puts it in a more individualized context.

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So if you’ve been showering under a trickle to conserve water, well good for you…but perhaps you should also look at how eating meat is impacting your water “footprint.”  A great resource for this is the water footprint calculator available at Watercalculator.org.

Climate change is another area of concern impacted by meat production. Globally, livestock production is responsible for an estimated 14.5 percent of greenhouse gas emissions from human activities. Put another way, less meat, less heat.

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As this other info graphic shows, if everyone in the world signed on to do Meatless Monday it would have the same impact on greenhouse gas emissions as taking about 240 million cars off the road each year.

Deforestation is also a consequence of high meat consumption. Over 18 percent of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest has been cleared since 1970, primarily for cattle ranching. Then there’s nutrient pollution. Waste from animal feeding operations can pollute waterways, dramatically altering aquatic ecosystems.

In addition to going meatless on Monday, there are many other things you can do to be kind to our planet. Purchasing locally grown food is a great way to not only get delicious seasonal produce but to cut down on the fuel used to transport food. You can use the The Eat Well Guide to help you find farmer’s markets, as well as grocery stores and restaurants that support local farmers.

Join all those on 6 continents and in 35 countries who have taken the pledge to go meatless on Monday. Whether it’s called Lunes Sin Carne (Mexico) or Luntiang Lunes (Philippines), skipping meat once a week is a small, simple step that can have a big impact. So give back to our wonderful planet that gives so much to us.

Happy Earth Day!