I grew up with this idea that if we take only what we need from the earth’s resources and treat the planet with care, it will continue to provide us with everything we need. As long-term tenants of the planet, we could peacefully coexist in this harmonious system of give-and-take.
Sounds lovely, doesn’t it?
More recently, however, I realized that civilization doesn’t always play by these rules. Short-term thinking often supercedes long-term sustainability. Destructive practices violate the earth, undermining the unspoken symbiotic arrangement I thought we had all agreed to.
It seems that humankind is doing more taking than giving these days, and the earth needs our help.
In Part 1 of this series, we discussed the benefits of a vegan diet to your health and vitality. In Part 2, we covered your moral and spiritual self. Here, we discuss how going vegan can minimize our ecological footprint.
Now, I know it’s easy to think that one person can’t really make a difference in the environment. But by adopting a vegan diet, you actually CAN help reduce stress on our ecological systems.
In just the last 3 years, the number of vegans has more than doubled to over 7 million people in the United States alone. Here’s how ALL of the earth’s citizens stand to benefit as more people eliminate (or simply reduce) the amount of animal products from their diets, and practice more conscious eating.