VEGANUARY promotes switching to a plant-based diet is a total win-win – for the planet, human health and the animals.
Since its first campaign, the U.K.-based initiative Veganuary has attracted more than a million participants pledging to eat plant-based for the month of January, and the latest data has revealed the enormous positive environmental impact it has had on the planet. Now, launching their 2021 campaign, the organisers of Veganuary hope that more people will join the movement for the new year at a time when the climate and health crisis has signalled the need for change has never been greater.
Earlier this year, Veganuary announced that it has reached the one million milestone amid the continued rise in awareness of the health, sustainability and safety benefits of eating a plant-based diet. According to new statistics compiled by Harvard University researcher Dr. Helen Harwatt, the cohort of Veganuary pledgers have collectively helped to save more than 103,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide – equivalent to the emissions of driving around the entire planet nearly 15,000 times.
The research also showed that committing to Veganuary has resulted in saving 6.2 million litres of water, 3.4 million animal lives and avoiding 405 tonnes of eutrophication, which is the same as sparing 1,645 tonnes of sewage from polluting waterways.
These figures, which show the huge environmental impact we could have by going vegan for the month of January, provides concrete evidence to convince more participants to join the Veganuary campaign this coming 2021. 2021 is the year for positive action and Veganuary is urging everyone to embrace this opportunity to reshape the future and sign-up to try vegan.
Veganuary’s 2021 campaign, its eighth edition, comes at a time when the planet is facing both the threat of climate catastrophe and the global coronavirus pandemic – both crises that scientists have reiterated are linked to humanity’s unsustainable consumption of animal products.
A recent report from the United Nations has underlined the risks that animal agriculture poses, citing industrial factory farming and the world’s hunger for animal protein as two of the top seven drivers of emerging zoonotic pandemics.
Original source: https://www.greenqueen.com.hk