While I generally have an optimistic view on the future of the Earth, days like today certainly trigger a feeling of depression. I am reminded of three days I spent in Delhi India, one of the scariest three days of my life. I did not experience anything acutely violent or traumatic, more the consequence of years of subtle violence. All it took was terrible air quality with no where to escape, and I felt as though my freedom and basic human rights were taken away from me. People living there today spend their lives in this situation. Here in BC, we get a few days of bad air quality and I observe that fear return within me ... Is this part of the planet now experiencing a taste of the consequences of the not so kind choices we have made?
And then I shift my thoughts from fear to trust ... what choices am I making NOW?
I think of my vegan friend, Kate Flower's, T-Shirt design: "You CAN change the world", and I come back to what choices feel right to me. One thing I do choose to do is eat a primarily plant based diet, as one thing I feel would make a big difference is seriously reducing the amount of meat consumption in this world.
Since freedom is the theme of this post, I am not saying everyone should not be allowed to eat meat. I am saying, what if you seriously consider the impact of SO MUCH meat ... on your health, the environment and on the freedom OTHER BEINGS, and my goal here is to encourage MORE freedom of choice by inspiring you to learn more about all the incredible plant based-food choices there are.
I am so thankful for more and more people feeling a similar way. Apparently, Health Canada is in the process of updating Canada's Food Guide to encourage more plant-based choices and reduced meat consumption!
And amazing plant-based food blog writer, Julia Murray's, newsletter this week shares some info on the environmental impact of animal agriculture:
"-switching to a plant-based diet saves 50% more carbon emissions than driving a Prius
-animal agriculture accounts for 18% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions (that's more than the transportation sector) …
Doom and gloom, right!?
Nope, we all have the choice to do the most impactful thing we can.
Eat plants instead of animals.
Simple right? :) Especially when it's so easy and delicious.” ~ Julia Murray
Check out Julia's website for so many delicious plant based recipes: http://hookedonplants.ca/
More great resources on plant based ideas and reduced meat consumption: