As a vegetarian, you are already making a huge contribution towards preventing global warming. However, there are still actions you can take to work towards protecting our planet. Here is our list of 5 steps that you can take to make a difference:
To get you started, we have drafted text that you can use as the basis for an email or a letter. So, whenever you come across someone campaigning to protect the environment but not mentioning one of the most important aspects, please take time to ask them why.
Every little helps, and the less meat we produce, the better it is for our planet.
Fruit and vegetables grown locally have less impact on the environment, thanks to reduced energy use and associated CO2 emissions from their transportation. Energy is required as light or heat to make plants grow out of season, so seasonal food is also much “greener” (and fresher so therefore healthier) than food grown in artificial conditions. The Vegetarian Society UK has a brochure on their website listing seasonal produce grown in the UK, with a delicious recipe for each month.
Chemical insecticides and fertilisers used on our food need much energy to be produced and go directly into the eco-system and pollute the ground and water sources.
Apart from the fact that fish are animals and therefore do not belong on the plate of any veggie, over-fishing is decimating fish stocks, antibiotics and other medicines from fish farms are polluting rivers and killing wildlife, and coastlines with important ecological functions are being cleared to make way for seafood farming. Just a few reasons to jump in the next time someone says: “I’m vegetarian – but I eat fish”.