World Vegan Month is celebrated every November to raise awareness about the benefits of adopting a vegan diet in order to safeguard the environment. It is a suitable time to spotlight the vegan movement. The Vegan Society has grown steadily over the course of the last 78 years.

Veganism and the Environment

Our surroundings give us access to clean air to breathe, pure water to drink, and fertile soils to grow healthy food. However, human activity is straining the limitations of our planet, and we are already feeling the effects. We will lose the magnificent lakes and rivers, lush forests, rich soils, and other natural resources that support our life on Earth if we don't take steps to mitigate the threat of catastrophic climate change and environmental degradation. Veganism, a way of eating that substitute plant-based foods for meat, dairy, and other animal products, offers us the chance to lessen our own environmental impact and ensure that future generations may live in a world that is both healthy and sustainable.

Every food item we consume has an effect on the environment. However, certain meals have a considerably greater effect than others. Our earth suffers greatly as a result of the production of meat. Every year, billions of animals are bred, raised, and slaughtered for food, using vast quantities of natural resources like fresh water and land as well as producing vast amounts of waste and contamination. Put bluntly, the factory farming system that supports our hunger for meat is unsustainable.

However, we don't have to eat from unsustainable factory farms. Veganism can help in this situation. We can mitigate the threat of climate change, limit the rapid loss of Earth's resources, and contribute to its preservation for future generations by ceasing to consume animal products and switching to a plant-based diet.

Veganism is actively involved in the following:

  • Veganism reduces greenhouse gas emissions
  • Stopping livestock emissions
  • Removing nitrous oxide
  • A vegan diet reduces energy consumption
  • Veganism conserves water
  • Stabilizing the ocean
  • Veganism protects the rainforest and lands
  • Preserving habitats and preventing species extinction
  • Veganism protects the soil
  • Using fewer resources
  • Veganism combats world hunger
  • Veganism makes people healthy

Importance of this Day

Our earth is suffering as a result of the flaws in our food system. However, we have the ability to develop a food system that is more sustainable for people, the environment, and all living things. The single largest thing we can do to lessen our individual environmental effect is to stop eating animals. Additionally, it aids in reducing the threat posed by climate change, which the UN describes as the "greatest peril contemporary humans have ever faced," despite the fact that it may not be able to resolve all of the world's issues, thus the importance of this movement and month. So, joining this effort will rescue the environment by converting to a plant-based diet.

About the Author: Iman Haroon is a graduate from Government College Women University Sialkot, Pakistan. She has done her Bachelors in Environmental Science and is a green blogger who has volunteered to write for TENL in order to raise environmental awareness.