I am all about making small lifestyle changes to decrease my negative impact on the environment. While I may not be able to afford solar panels or an electric car, I CAN by local foods, hang-dry my clothes and do other small things which can add up to a BIG impact by the end of the year.
Enter: Meatless Mondays! According to the Environmental Working Group, “If your four-person family skips meat and cheese one day a week [for a year], it’s like taking your car off the road for five weeks – or reducing everyone’s daily showers by 3 minutes.... If your four-person family skips steak once a week, it’s like taking your car off the road for nearly three months.”
Even the most carnivorous of us should be able to abstain from meat and cheese just one day per week. If over the course of a year everyone in the U.S. ate no meat or cheese just one day a week, it would be like taking 7.6 million cars off the road! To start to make a significant change, the EWG is working towards bringing national attention to the issue. Sign their pledge to help spread the word to politicians and the global community! Happy Monday, everyone!
More Meat Facts from the EWG:
- Beef generates more than twice the emissions of pork, nearly four times that of chicken, and more than 13 times that of vegetable proteins such as beans, lentils, and tofu.
- Cheese has the third-highest emissions.
- 90% of beef’s emissions and 69% of pork’s emissions is generated in the production phase. Only 50% of the carbon emissions from chicken is generated during production.