So I did a little fact drop in my last post. I’ve become a vegetarian.
It’s been about two months since I decided to become a vegetarian and I wanted to wait until I was certain about this decision before I started telling people about it, much less writing about it. I didn’t want to write this impassioned blog post about how I’ve sworn off of meat only to write the next week that I didn’t have the self-control or desire to follow through.
I don’t really know how to write about this. This is kind of a big choice and I’m really happy about it, but it is very personal.
Basically, it’s an environmental thing for me. In case you haven’t noticed yet, I’m kind of a treehugger and the environment is very important to me. So when I had to take a water usage assessment for my environmental sustainability class and found out that 1 kg of beef takes 15,415 liters of water [here] (enough to sustain the average American for more than one month, [EPA]) to produce I was shocked. As I started to reading more about the environmental impacts of the beef industry I was just… I don’t know, there isn’t a word that captures how surprised, saddened, and frustrated I was. Agriculture is responsible for 14 percent of the earth’s greenhouse gas emissions [here] and a lot of that is produced by cows who belch methane [here]
As I started to think about the serious impacts of these things I realized that I couldn’t continue to be morally responsible for this.
Before you say anything: yes, I understand that making this choice by myself is not going to fix the problem. But this isn’t about fixing the problem, this is about not being a part of the problem. I understand that it would take world wide efforts to fix the problem so this is my way of reducing my negative impact. I’ve been doing a lot of other things to decrease my negative impact but I’ll save those for another post.
NOTE- While I wish everyone was committed to doing things that aren’t fun for the benefit of the environment but I understand that it isn’t easy and that it’s a difficult personal decision. Don’t take this as me saying that this is the only option or that I look down on people for not making the same choices that I am, because that’s just not true.
So here I am, more than two months into this craziness and I feel GREAT. I really do. I feel energetic, healthy, motivated, and content with my life and the choices I’m making.
Mission of the Day- Take this water footprint survey and tell me about your results (if you’re comfortable with that.) It’s really interesting and eye opening.
My results: ( me / average American)
Water used in home and yard : 38 / 100
Water used for diet : 437 / 1,056
Water used for transportation and energy : 544 / 700
Water used for stuff : 76 / 232
Overall : 1,095 / 2,088
Question of the Day- What are your thoughts on vegetarianism? Do you think you could do it?
If you have any questions you can feel free to leave me a comment or shoot me an e-mail at : firstname.lastname@example.org
PS- Exciting thing for me, if you haven’t noticed already I finally have my own domain name! I finally purchased guyslifestuff.com This might not mean anything to you, but I’m super excited about it!
Also, check out this great post by my lovely friend Grace.