This week marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, a day we pledge to conserve Earth's natural resources for future generations. We already know about recycling, changing light bulbs, adjusting the thermostat and reducing our driving habits. This year, we can best observe Earth Day by switching to a plant-based diet.
A recent study in WorldWatch magazine found that production of meat and dairy products may account for fully half of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. Moreover, such production contributes more pollutants to our water supplies than all other human activities combined. It is causing global shortages of drinking water. It is the driving force in global deforestation and wildlife habitat destruction.
This Thursday, let's celebrate Earth Day and every day by replacing meat and dairy products in our diet with healthful, eco-friendly foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and nuts. Those opting for a more gradual transition will find ample soy and grain-based meat and dairy analogs in your local supermarket. Additional information is available at www.greenyourdiet.org.