Convenient and delicious foods. Who can object to that, right? But when rainforests equivalent to 300 football fields are being destroyed every hour (according to the World Wide Fund for Nature), and the critically endangered orangutans are being driven toward extinction due to the massively destructive palm oil industry … there’s a reason we should object to foods containing palm oil—no matter how delicious they are. And when the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is now estimated to be three times the size of France, the mounting problem of plastic pollution can no longer be ignored. We must abstain from conveniently packaged foods to reduce our single-use plastic footprint.Read More
In honor of Earth Day, and after hearing that The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is now three times the size of France, I launched Earth Week at work to increase plastic pollution awareness and challenge coworkers to reduce their single-use plastic footprint.Read More
Recent headlines about a study that suggests going vegan would save 8 million lives and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25% has, as expected, brought out all the haters: all the haters of plant-based diets, but especially of vegans.
Cue the chorus of excuses found in the comments sections of articles on the aforementioned study:
“Animals are meant to be eaten.”
“So do plants’ lives not matter?”
“Eating vegetables would still require deforestation.”
“That stat is inaccurate so I’m going to keep eating meat.”
The concept of meat consumption causing species extinction will probably unfold the same way climate change has. There will be a lot of resistance and denial, but more and more people will slowly begin to accept that it’s a real issue, as its symptoms become increasingly evident and can no longer be ignored or dismissed.Read More
In honor of Earth Day today (and every day), let’s do what we can (big or small) to reduce our negative impact on the environment. We have so much to gain when our planet is healthy.
I’ve put together a list of everyday things we can do to help ensure our planet’s health.