Join more than 5,200 cities by turning your lights off tonight (03/31/2012) at 8:30 PM, wherever you are in the world, as part of the World Wildlife Foundation’s Earth Hour. This event is meant to raise awareness of climate change and promote more environmentally-conscious (green) habits.
Little changes throughout the day can make an impact. Ponder the question, ‘What are you willing to do to save the planet?’ When doing so, think about taking a step further. Go beyond recycling and carpooling and turning off the lights, consider going vegetarian or vegan. Shown by scientists to be one of the greatest actions a person can take to helping our environment.
According to the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) international panel of sustainable resource management says: “A substantial reduction of impacts would only be possible with a substantial worldwide diet change, away from animal products” (The Guardian, 2010).
Another 2010 writing, in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, confirms that “vegetarian and vegan diets could play an important role in preserving environmental resources and in reducing hunger and malnutrition in poorer nations” (Baroni et al, 2007).
It doesn’t have to be an all or nothing endeavor. Like turning off the water while you’re brushing your teeth, swapping out one day a week (ie Meatless Mondays) or a meal time each day can have a positive impact on the environment.