Nothing will benefit human health and increased chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet. (Albert Einstein)
We face uncertain times of global crises that require radical transformations. In “Small Steps” we explored how big changes can be supported by small actions to transform our interactions with people and planet. “Think First” is our new challenge launched to encourage participants to think first about people and planet each first of the month and take active steps to making a positive impact. One small step that some of us at Ākāśa Innovation took on November 1st was to share a vegan meal with our community.
Veganism is one possible meaningful response to reducing human-made climate change and environmental degradation (UNEP, p. 82). Plant-based diets require fewer resources and produce fewer CO2 emissions compared to animal products (Ibid, p. 79). The increasing demand for food that results from global population growth adds further stress on our planet and if we do not shift from heavy meat-based diets then we threaten to exacerbate crises such as “habitat change [and] water use” (Ibid, p. 78).
We invite you to think first about people and planet this coming month and share your own small steps with the Ākāśa Community.
*Last updated on 23 June 2015.