Among the solutions to the climate change crisis, switching to a plant-based diet is an essential one. Since animal agriculture is one of the major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, we cannot stop climate change without very widespread rejection of animal agriculture around the world. Yes, we need systemic, institutional and policy changes to tackle the problem, but the world also needs each of us to do what we can in our own lives that makes a difference. Being vegan makes a big difference for animals and for greenhouse gas emissions. The shift is catching on in the U.S. and Europe but needs to accelerate quickly. Start now — eat meatless meals one day a week and increase to two, three, seven days a week; switch animal products like cows’ milk for plant-based ones like oat milk — and keep going!
Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot, both vegans, urge us to protect, restore, and fund natural solutions to the climate crisis. Watch them talk about the direction we need to be going in.