If this miserable British summer has taught us anything, it’s that global warming is definitely real. It’s happening: we’re experiencing it. Hopefully, the empirical evidence will help encourage people who aren’t big eco-warriors to think a little more about the environment. It is difficult though. We’re living in a busy time, right? You’re busy, I’m busy, he/she/it is busy. Living in London doesn’t help either: there is so much fun stuff to do. There simply aren’t enough hours in the day. It can be really tricky to balance work and play, let alone squeezing in time to save the earth.
This is where MouthLondon comes in. We’ve found that a few gentle lifestyle tweaks here and there can greatly reduce your carbon footprint and put you on the path to being a savvy, well-rounded environmental do-gooder.
…cut down on meat during the week and save it for a special treat on the weekends…
Let’s start with something easy: weekday veg, an ingenious little idea, which was pioneered by eco-blogger extraordinaire Graham Hill on his site Tree Hugger. His suggestion is very simple: cut down on meat during the week and save it for a special treat on the weekends.
This is a really clever idea for many reasons. Firstly, it makes you appreciate eating meat; call me a Spartan, but I sometimes just give stuff up for a while, so eating it becomes a treat again. Secondly, it’s a lot easier on the wallet: you don’t need me to tell you that meat is currently very expensive because of world crop prices escalating. Thirdly, it makes you thin. Wanna lose weight? Go veggie. Wanna lose a lot of weight and keep it off? Go vegan (it’s not actually that difficult). Lastly, it makes you healthier. Veg makes you feel better: fact.
…is eating meat that bad?
Weekday veg is all fine and well, but is eating meat that bad? Well, yes, it turns out. The meat industry actually causes more greenhouse gas emissions than all types of transportation combined: livestock production is responsible for 70% of rainforest deforestation, one third of the methane generated by human activity is produced by cows and sheep, and the list goes on.
Everyone has their reasons for not being vegetarian. Some think it’s pretentious, some just can’t give up the taste of meat and some just aren’t aware of the impact the meat industry has on the environment. I really like weekday veg as a solution, however. It’s flexible so it can easily fit into everyone’s lifestyle and no one has to be a smug vegetarian (unless they want to). Why not give it a go?