Support Sustainability – Take part in Meatless Mondays!

“Acting Sustainably” is one of the values that AIESEC seeks to hold. This value implies acting in a way that’s sustainable for the AIESEC organization but also for the society.

AIESEC SFU in Vancouver -  Meatless Mondays Picture

Photo Credit: SFU Volunteer Services

If you’re looking for ways to contribute to environmental sustainability, eating less meat is one way to do so. Meatless Mondays is a global movement that encourages everyone to improve their health and reduce carbon footprint by avoiding meat once a week. Although the idea is to avoid meat for just one day a week, the impact can be huge if many people participate.

You might be wondering how eating less meat relate to environmental sustainability.  Consider the following:

  • According to the David Suzuki Foundation, meat production significantly contributes to climate change.  In fact, livestock production accounts for 70 per cent of all agricultural land and 26 per cent of the land surface of the planet, making it a major contributor of greenhouse gases.
  • Citing numbers from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, the Meatless Mondays official site claims that animal agriculture is responsible for 18% of global climate change. That accounts for more than all forms of transportation!
  • A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluded that plant-based diets requires less energy, land, and water resources, making them more environmentally-friendly.

Hopefully those are enough reasons to join the movement, but you can also consider the fact that vegetarian meals are usually cheaper and healthier. If you go to Simon Fraser University (SFU), take advantage of the SFU Local Food Project and the SFU Pocket Farmers Market to get some fresh and affordable produce.  You can also buy some yummy vegetarian food on campus, particularly if you go to the Ladle.

Sounds interesting? If you’d like to learn more about Meatless Mondays:

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About Kelvin Claveria

KC Claveria is a curious marketing nerd from Vancouver, B.C. A voracious reader, he's passionate about helping companies build their brands, reach their target customers and drive sales. Named one of the top 50 content marketing influencers in the world, KC writes to share his tips and opinions on content strategy, demand marketing, branding, SEO, social media advertising and public relations. He's currently the content marketing manager at Vision Critical, the global leader in customer intelligence software and one of Canada's fastest growing tech companies. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the SFU Beedie School of Business. KC is happy to connect with other marketing nerds on Twitter at @kcclaveria.

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