As climate change continues to be a major issue in our society, evidence is growing that being vegetarian can help save both our planet earth, as well as trillions of dollars. By replacing meat with vegetarian sources of protein, such as nuts, beans and lentils, we can overall reduce carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions. Studies show that eating a vegetarian diet means 2.5 times less carbon emissions than a meat diet.
It can be very difficult to transition into a committed vegetarian diet, however if everyone ate vegetarian for just one day a week, we would see many improvements in our climate. Kathy Freston previously published data about the impact of going vegetarian for a day. The data indicated that, “as a country eating vegetarian for one day, we would save 100 billion gallons of water, 1.5 billion pounds of crops that would otherwise be fed to livestock, 70 million gallons of gas, 3 million acres of land, 33 tons of antibiotics; 3 million tons of soil erosion and $70 million in resulting economic damages; and 4.5 million tons of animal excrement, which would eliminate almost 7 tons of ammonia emissions, a major air pollutant.”
We know from these numbers that just one day’s adoption of a vegan diet can have a significant impact on the earth. With all of these positive impacts, a vegetarian diet for one day per week doesn’t seem too bad. If we stop being so oblivious and arrogant and start caring for our planet, then we will be able to see improvements in our earth’s climate.