Meatless Monday is a movement that has taken over the world. We see it on social media and is supported by celebrities. But, what is meatless Monday and how does it work?
This movement was founded by Sid Lerner in 2003 with John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Since then, it is now active in 44 countries and is continuously growing. Meatless Monday aims to raise awareness of the environmental and health impact of eating meat.
Every Monday, you don’t eat anything that has meat. It encourages you to consume more vegetables on that day and consider other meat substitutes. A veggie day can be a fun and easy way to protect the planet from climate change.
The livestock sector is one of the top contributors to serious environmental problems. It is responsible for around 14% to 50% of the global greenhouse emissions.
Billions of animals are slaughtered every year for meat. Most are raised in factory farms with overcrowded sheds or cages. These farm animals have no room to stretch their limbs and no access to fresh air or sunlight. This makes them sickly, dying, and injured. Consuming less meat prevents cruelty and suffering to these animals.
In addition to that, overfishing and agricultural intensification due to meat consumption are factors in loss of biodiversity and species. If this continues over the next few decades, there will be a massive extinction of species.
Reducing meat consumption to just three times a week can help prevent heart disease, cancer, and stroke. Many of the global health organizations encourage people to limit red meat and processed meat and choose mostly plan-based food.
Skipping meat just one day in a week is good for your health, the nation’s health, and for the planet. This helps in reducing one’s carbon footprint while also improving one’s health. Doing this is a simple way in making a difference in the world.