Veganuary is a charity inspiring people to try vegan for January and throughout the rest of the year and Shropshire Veggies and Vegans are big fans of Veganuary. This year money was raised for a Shropshire wide bus advertising campaign in support of the Veganuary charity and its message.
But why try Vegan for a month? Well – why not?
Compassion for animals – Animals are able to perceive and feel, and experience pain and happiness just as we do. Production of food and clothing causes them to suffer in innumerable ways.
Climate Change – Eating vegan makes a more positive impact than giving up your car; it can halve your greenhouse gas emissions and it will save wild animals from extinction.
Health and Nutrition – Research shows that health is now the second biggest driver and getting the right nutrition is easy when you’re vegan.
For many people compassion for animals is the driving force behind seeking a more compassionate way to live. Billions of animals are killed for human consumption and the truth is that we no longer need to live this way. We can live healthy, happy lives without contributing to the suffering of those creatures most at our mercy, most vulnerable to human oppression. Free range animal agriculture is not enough. Animals want to live, they treasure their own lives as much as humans do. And veganism is – ultimately – about all animals.
For others, climate change and environmental concerns persuade them to re-evaluate their diet. Becoming vegan is the single biggest action you can take to stop contributing to worsening climate change. It’s that simple. It has a greater impact on your environmental footprint than any thing else you can do. And yes – one person does make a difference – every single one of us has the power to make a difference.
Overall, animal agriculture is associated with higher greenhouse gas emissions than plant-based foods and if you don’t do something for the next generation, who will? According to Fortune magazine it is us, you and me who can make the real difference, “…. the reality is that combating climate change is largely a matter of personal responsibility—and one of the easiest and best steps we can take concerns what we put on our plates.” (http://fortune.com/2017/07/19/climate-change-vegan-vegetarian-diet-humane-society/)
One Green planet
There’s no two ways about it, our current industrialized food system favors cheap meat and dairy and that is having a massive negative impact on the environment. Industrial animal agriculture currently occupies around 50 percent of the world’s arable land, uses a majority of our freshwater stores, and is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire transportation sector. On top of this, it is a leading cause of deforestation, air and water pollution, and a major driver of species extinction.
Many people are switching to a plant-based diet for health reasons. A vegan diet lends itself very nicely to eating a more healthy diet; the inclusion of more fruit and vegetables in anyone’s diet is more healthy. It may be difficult to imagine what a vegan diet is, so let’s start with what it is not. It is not your average Western diet minus all animal ingredients – it will be difficult to sustain that.
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Take the January pledge on the Veganuary website.
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