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WHY GREEN MONDAY?

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Small changes in your diet make a big difference!

The impact multiplies when a lot of people make small changes. That’s why Green Monday works with you to engage your entire institution – students, faculty, employees, neighbors, and church members to eat more plant-based foods and to celebrate the huge carbon, land, and water savings we can achieve together.
Slow Climate Change

Eating more plant-based foods is one of the single most effective ways that individuals can cut our carbon footprint.

Animal agriculture creates more greenhouse gases worldwide than the entire transportation sector - that’s more than all planes, trains, cars, and ships combined!

Cutting meat and dairy products from your diet can reduce your carbon footprint by 73%.

Rainforests are the “lungs of the planet,” exchanging carbon dioxide for oxygen. Animal agriculture drives 80% of deforestation in the Amazon.

Save Water

Eating more plant-based foods is one of the most effective ways to save water.

Switching from a hamburger to a veggie burger - just once! - saves as much water as a month's worth of showers..

Manure and fertilizer from industrial farms pollute rivers and streams, poisoning drinking water and killing off fish.

Excess nitrogen and phosphorus cause massive algae blooms. Decomposing algae consumes oxygen, killing all other aquatic species.

Save Land

Raising 9 billion land animals every year for food in the US alone and growing the grain to feed them, requires tremendous amounts of land.

One-third of the earth's arable land is used to grow feed for livestock and, while 26% is used for grazing.

More than 260 million acres of U.S. forest have been cleared to grow grain to feed farmed animals.

If everyone ate half as much meat, the land saved could produce enough food to feed 9 billion people; the current global population plus population growth of 2 billion.

Stay Healthy

A plant-based diet can help you to avoid getting sick and speed your recovery if you do.

Meat-eaters are more likely than others to experience heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes.

Many chronic diseases can be controlled, reduced, or even reversed by moving to a whole-food, plant-based diet.

Approximately 65% of humans, including 75% of African-Americans and 90-100% of East Asians,, are lactose intolerant. Milk consumption can lead to bloating, cramps, and nausea.

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