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Eat to save the world

Time is running out! How can we save the planet? The Vegan Society’s Dominika Piasecka examines what we can do as vegans to contribute to positive change

How vegans help the planet

save the planet

Many of us today make an effort to be more environmentallyfriendly. We take shorter showers, always switch the lights offand try to cycle or use public transport instead of driving. But some people who claim to care about the planet can’t see the wood for the trees and don’t realise how devastating animal agriculture is to the natural environment; a “meat-eating environmentalist” is as much of an oxymoron as “ethical slaughter”.

We have all come across the statistic that the global livestock industry generates as much greenhouse gas emissions as all transport combined. All those transatlantic fl ights, short hops across the channel, long commutes and school runs are outweighed by the ‘meat and two veg’ approach most people take to meal times.

This is exacerbated by the fact that animal agriculture is the world’s biggest producer of methane, a far more powerful greenhouse gas than the muchmaligned CO2.

As vegans, we are all part of the solution. We know that it makes sense to eat crops directly, rather than feed them to animals and then eat their bodies. We know that land and natural habitats are destroyed to make room for farming animals and growing food for them. But do we know how to communicate this message to the public effectively?

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