Did you know it’s national Vegetarian Week is 15th – 22nd May? The Environment Team at NTU are challenging ourselves to go Vegetarian for the whole month of May to show our support!
Not only is a balanced vegetarian diet a healthy choice as it is low in fat, high in complex carbohydrates and packed with a variety of fruits and vegetables but it is also much more environmentally friendly than the diet of a meat lover.
Animal agriculture is responsible for 91% of Amazon rainforest destruction and is the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution and habitat destruction.
To put that into perspective 13% of greenhouse gas emissions are from transport vehicles (e.g. cars, trains, planes) and 51% of greenhouse gas emissions are from livestock and their by-products.
Therefore, having a plant-based diet can cut your carbon footprint by 50%!
Around 12% of the UK have already taken the plunge and become vegetarian or vegan, that is around 1 in 8 people! Think you can do it? Take the challenge with us and keep us updated on your progress by tagging us in social media or emailing us on firstname.lastname@example.org. Need some help? Get in touch with the NTU Vegetarian Society on Vegetarian.email@example.com.
We will be documenting our journey through vegetarian month on our Instagram (ntu_sustainability), Twitter (@NTUEnvironment) and Facebook (@NTUSustainability) pages. Keep a look out for our recipes and meals as well as promotion for our vegetarian themed market on the 16th with lots of free tasters!
-Thank you to Robyn, an Environmental Engagement Assistant from the NTU Environment Team for writing this blog post!
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