Simple, inexpensive things you can do to help the planet
Posts Tagged ‘Vegetarianism’
At It’s the little things, we love pets as much as the next person, but some new research has concluded that owning a dog is the equivalent of driving a SUV.
The primary source of carbon emissions isn’t your pet’s poos, but the production of meat to feed him. One of the best things you, as a person, can do for the environment is to eat less meat. The same goes for pets. If you can afford it, you could give vegetarian pet food a try.
Another alternative to giving up the companionship of the-only-one-in-the-world-other-than-your-mother-who-truly-loves-you-unconditionally is to buy carbon credits to offset the impact of your pet.
It almost goes without saying that you should always get your pets spayed and neutered to prevent more little carbon factories from coming into the world.
Sad as it is to say, it may be time to say so long to Spot.
18% of the world’s carbon dioxide is produced by cows. That’s more than cars, planes, and all other forms of transportation combined.
The folks at AlterNet have compiled a great list of reasons (environmental and otherwise) to say boo to moo.
I can hear our French readers now, “La monde sans fromage? Quelle horreur!” And, certainly, our American readers are wondering how they’re going to manage without that bowl of Cheerios in the morning. It takes some getting used to, but soy and rice milk both make nice alternatives to cow juice for cereal. Soy cheese, yogurt, sour cream, and ice cream are pretty good as well. Especially the ice cream. Mmm, ice cream.
It’s important to note that soy is not a panacea. Do your homework to know which brands are environmentally responsible in the way they source their beans.
Like most things, cutting back is better than doing nothing. If nothing else, next time you’re at Starbucks, make it a soy latte.
Eating less meat is a simple, effective way to reduce your carbon footprint.
Dr Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the world’s leading authority on global warming, recommends cutting back on meat consumption as a “sacrifice that would help tackle climate change.”
Meat production accounts for nearly one-fifth of global greenhouse gas production. In some parts of the world, industrial ranching (particularly beef) compounds the problem by driving deforestation. It takes 3kg of plant protein to produce 1kg of animal protein.
You could try 1 meatless day per week or eating simply until 6 o’clock. Either way, isn’t a little less meat in your diet worth it to help the planet?
Not sure where to start?
If you’ve always made meat the focus of your meals, you might be wondering exactly how to do this. Eating meals without meat doesn’t mean you’re stuck with salad! Popular foodie site Epicurious is one of many with great meat-free recipes.
If you want to go hardcore, you could try eating raw/vegan a few times a week using recipes from Gone Raw or Fatfree Vegan. With gems like pistachio-cilantro pesto, you won’t be suffering. (Thanks to Karen Brown and Stephanie Hedges for the links!)