A Four-Pronged Approach to Protecting the Planet

Written by Erica Meier

Protecting the Planet

For over 40 years, Earth Day—celebrated on April 22—has been inspiring people to take steps to help the environment. Did you know that perhaps the single most important action each of us can take toward protecting the planet is simply to choose meat-free foods?

Earth Day (which is also the same day that US VegWeek kicks off!) offers the perfect opportunity to empower others to fight global warming and animal abuse with our forks, and COK’s popular Eating Sustainably brochure is a great way to share this important message.

Newly updated for 2013, this trifold brochure is packed with information (citations included) about the negative environmental impacts of animal agriculture while also highlighting the global calls to action from the United Nations to shift towards a more plant-based diet.

For example, did you know it takes 420 gallons of water to produce one pound of grain-fed chicken?  And the amount of manure produced on factory farms is three times greater than the amount of waste produced by humans?

The scientific consensus is clear: raising animals for food is a leading cause of pollution and resource depletion. According to the United Nations, “A substantial reduction of impacts [from agriculture] would only be possible with a substantial worldwide diet change away from animal products.”

Without a doubt, our food choices matters. Every time we sit down to eat, each of us can help create a kinder, greener, and healthier world simply by leaving animals off our plates.

Help make every day Earth Day by sharing this important message.