Being “Green” is becoming very popular among people in all age groups. Many individuals have made the commitment to recycle, use public transportation, take shorter showers, use energy efficient light bulbs, and say “no” to plastic bags while shopping. However, even if you add up all of these great things, a person still wouldn’t help the earth as much as if they simply went vegetarian.
Today is Earth Day. What better time to change your life, while changing the world? Are you ready to to be as “Green" as you can be? Here are some quick facts to help you decide:
- A German study conducted in 2008 found that a meat-based diet yields seven times as much greenhouse-gas emissions as a vegan diet.
- The EPA shows that animal agriculture is the single largest source of methane emissions in the U.S.
- Nitrous oxide is about 300 times more potent as a global warming gas than carbon dioxide. According to the U.N., the meat, egg, and dairy industries account for a staggering 65 percent of worldwide nitrous oxide emissions.
- Environmental Defense concluded that if every American skipped one meal made with chicken and substituted this with a vegetarian alternative, then the carbon dioxide savings would be the same as taking more than half a million cars off U.S. roads.
- Adopting a vegan diet actually does more to reduce emissions than driving a hybrid car.
- With the energy needed to produce a single hamburger, you could drive a small car twenty miles.
Be good to the planet this Earth Day – go veg!
Are you interested in learning more? Denver based non-profit organization Vegetarian Society of Colorado has lots of great information on why boycotting the meat and dairy industry is the best thing you can do for the environment.
You can also check out this video for more information.
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