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  • Hayley Rudd

Saving the Planet One Plate at a Time: World Earth Week 2023


World Earth Week is a significant event that happens annually to raise awareness about the importance of protecting our planet. This year, World Earth Week is even more critical because we are facing a climate crisis that is threatening the future of our planet. One of the essential steps we can take to reduce our impact on the environment is to adopt a plant-based diet.


A plant-based diet is a diet based on foods derived from plants, including vegetables, fruits, grains and legumes. It excludes all animal products, including meat, dairy and eggs. Adopting a plant-based diet can have a significant impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to climate change.


According to the United Nations, animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire transportation sector. This is because animals, particularly cows, emit methane, which is a potent greenhouse gas. In addition, animal agriculture requires a significant amount of resources, including water, land and feed. By reducing our consumption of animal products, we can reduce the demand for these resources and reduce our impact on the environment.


Switching to a plant-based diet can also have health benefits. Studies have shown that a plant-based diet can lower the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. It can also help with weight management and improve overall health and well-being.

Making the switch to a plant-based diet may seem daunting, but there are many resources available to help you. There are many delicious plant-based recipes available online, and many restaurants now offer plant-based options. Additionally, there are many plant-based meat alternatives available, which can help make the transition easier.


World Earth Week 2023 is an important opportunity to raise awareness about the impact of our diets on the environment. Adopting a plant-based diet can have a significant impact on reducing our carbon footprint and mitigating the effects of climate change. It can also have health benefits and improve overall well-being. Making the switch to a plant-based diet may seem challenging, but it is a small but significant step we can take to protect our planet for future generations.




Photo by Miriam Ester

References:

  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. (2019). Climate Change and Land: An IPCC Special Report on Climate Change, Desertification, Land Degradation, Sustainable Land Management, Food Security, and Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in Terrestrial Ecosystems. IPCC.

  • Pimentel, D., & Pimentel, M. H. (2018). Sustainability of meat-based and plant-based diets and the environment. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 78(3), 660S-663S.

  • Tuso, P. J., Ismail, M. H., Ha, B. P., & Bartolotto, C. (2013). Nutritional Update for Physicians: Plant-Based Diets. The Permanente Journal, 17(2), 61–66.


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