Meat consumption is a concept that is usually forgotten about when it comes to the idea of lowering an ecological footprint. However, this should not be the case due to all the resources and damage meat consumption can do to the environment around us. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, eating meat can potentially be the biggest environmental hazard Earth is currently facing (“How does”). With this in mind, it is important to take action while we can by doing small things in our routine to mitigate the effects of climate change. The aim of this project is to encourage my community to take action by going vegetarian once a week to see if this changes the average ecological footprint. In addition to this, I hope it encourages my community to make this change in routine a permanent lifestyle choice.
Why is this necessary?
The Environmental Defense says, if every American was able to skip one meal of chicken per week, that would be the equivalent to taking more than half a million cars off the roads (Krantz). This is incredible news due to 14%-51% of greenhouse-gas emissions are sourced from animal agriculture (Krantz).
The image above gives an idea of how many resources and the amount of land that is needed to provide for growing livestock. With this in mind, it makes it easier to put into perspective how bad this can be harming the environment around us.