5 things this Monday…

  1. Firstly some encouraging news: a Mexican teenager has managed to persuade Greenpeace (at least in Mexico) to start raising awareness about the effects of animal agriculture on the environment. Despite the industry contributing to around 50% of all harmful emissions globally, large organisations such as Greenpeace are reluctant to discourage meat consumption for fear of losing support. We need to keep up the pressure!
  2. Ariana from Paris To Go wrote about going zero waste when no one in your life wants to. I have definitely fallen into the trap of thinking it possible to convince everyone to follow you, but as I have learned- and this article words it perfectly- at the end of the day, you just have to do you and then hope. The only person you can control is yourself, and that’s the way it’s supposed to be.
  3. Here are some simple trips on travelling as a vegan, where you can’t always get hold of familiar food or research suitable places to eat. I will be referring back to this when the time comes!
  4. I am totally in agreement with those who think that in generations time, society will wonder why we continued to eat meat (at least in such high quantities) for so long when it was obviously so bad for health and the environment- I often think that about myself! Here we are actually seeing the beginning of a shift from meat to substitutes and an- albeit gradual- decline in the former in the USA.
  5. Finally, I read an amazing piece by the Guardian’s Madeleine Somerville on How I deal with the hypocrisy of being an environmentalist. The gist: We will deliberately and accidentally fail, often, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do what we can, even we can’t be completely ‘green’. At the beginning of every undertaking the desire is to be faultless, but then we learn that the best in our circumstances is all we can do. If there’s one thing you read today, make it this.

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