“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.
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:
- Visit the official website
- “Like” the Facebook page
- Follow Meatless Mondays on Twitter
- Subscribe to the YouTube Channel