What is the point of Earth Day? What difference does it make?

What is the point of Earth Day? What difference does it make?

Tracey Banks

surely it's Earth Day everyday? we obviously need an annual day to collectively focus our minds...but on what exactly?

we are all a bit fatigued by quotes, platitudes or 'top' lists and general bandwagon jumping / greenwashing...⁠

QUESTION: we asked ourselves, what one single thing could we do on Earth Day that would actually make a difference / have a tangible positive impact on the 'Earth' on that 'Day'?

so whilst we were aware that the single greatest impact on our family carbon footprint - even more than buying local, turning off lights, recycling or refilling :) - is to replace red meat and dairy products with plant based alternatives.⁠

the compelling stats that surprised us were:⁠
substituting just one meal a day to plant-based can reduce carbon footprint by 40%⁠
skipping meat and cheese one day a week with your family, is equivalent of taking your car off the road for 5 weeks

most of us are always trying to reduce meat...⁠

but these stats are just the motivation we need to focus our minds on a single action this Earth Day that WILL make a difference...

ANSWER: Because what we are eating is pushing the Earth to the breaking point on climate change and deforestation

COMMIT to making at least one meal on Earth Day plant-based…and remove meat, dairy and eggs from your diet at least one or two days per week.


daily GHG emissions of diets

Did you know...

Food system emissions could account for as much as 25% of all human emissions.

For most foods, more than 80% of GHG emissions result from land use and farming.

Producing 1kg of beef emits 60kg of greenhouse gases; while root vegetables emit less than 0.5kg per kg.

Beef, lamb and cheese are among the most carbon intensive things we can eat.

Milk, out-of-season fruit and other meats can also have relatively high emissions.

Eating chicken instead of beef cuts 25% of emissions in one step.

Shifting some of your diet away from these foods towards cereals or in-season fruit and vegetables is a very effective way to shrink your foodprint.

1 vegetarian day per week (52 days per year) can save nearly 100kgs of CO2 per year.

Driving 1 mile emits 404g of CO2 so 1 vegetarian day per week per year is equivalent to not driving 250 miles (London to Cardiff)


carbon footprint of what you eat

In our opinion, society needs more specific & compelling information like this, focused on ONE IMPACTFUL CHANGE, to give Earth Day a point.


SOURCES: Ernstoff, Alexi et al; Weber, Christopher L. and Matthews; Sala, Serenella, et al; Ourworldindata.org, 24Jan2020 Hannah Ritchie; Shrinkthatfoodprint.com, Lindsay Wilson

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