Earth Day FAQs
What Is Earth Day?
Fifty-one years ago, 20 million Americans celebrated the inaugural Earth Day when they took to the streets to demonstrate for a clean, liveable environment. Now, Earth Day activism is global and comes in many different forms. This year, whether you’re hosting an Earth Day luncheon, getting a to-go latte in a reusable coffee mug instead of a paper one, or taking a turn cooking dinner for your roommates, choosing vegan foods and drinks is the way to do good for the planet.
Every individual who eats vegan saves up to 5000 litres of water, nearly 18 kilograms of grain, and nearly 3 square metres of forested land each day. So if planet Earth means the world to you (see what we did there?), do it a favour: try vegan!
What Can You Do for Earth Day?
There are lots of ways to celebrate your Go Vegan for Earth Day pledge! You can share fun facts with your friends on Twitter – tell them that 1 kilogram of meat equals the water usage of one year’s worth of showers. Or you can bring a vegan dessert to the office or to any gathering to share (or post a photo of your favourite vegan recipe on Instagram if you’re still working from home). Learn more about animal agriculture’s effects on the Earth by hosting a Cowspiracy or a Seaspiracy movie party (use Teleparty via Netflix or Zoom to watch with your friends remotely). Animal agriculture is the industrial breeding, raising, and slaughter of animals or use of their eggs or milk for consumption. And of course, the number one way to honour Mother Earth on 22 April (or any ol’ day) is to choose vegan food.
What Is the Theme for Earth Day 2022?
You heard it here first: the theme for this year is Go Vegan for the Earth Day! The climate crisis is scary, but vegan food is delicious and humane – and opting for it is one of the most effective actions anyone can take to fight climate change. So if you’re wondering, “How can I make a difference on Earth Day?” or “How do we make every day Earth Day?” you’re in luck. Opting for vegan foods – whether for takeaway or in the kitchen – is one of the simplest and most important ways we can help ensure a sustainable future.
Earth Day, Animals, and the Planet We All Call Home
Living on Earth is one of the things humans and all other animals have in common (along with a will and a right to live), and – through their remarkable characteristics and talents – other animals are doing their part to keep it healthy: bees and other insects pollinate plants, including one-third of the food we humans eat; beavers create dams that prevent flooding and erosion; squirrels abandon seeds and nuts, which take root and establish trees and other plants in new locations; and birds pollinate plants (like bees), spread seeds (like squirrels), and maintain sustainable population levels naturally (as opposed to some humans, like hunters).
Let’s be remarkable like other animals: this 22 April, help our planet and spare animals suffering by choosing vegan.
When You’re Vegan, Every Day Is Earth Day!
Just as there’s a crossover between animal rights and other social justice issues, being anti-speciesist and fighting climate change go hand in hand – because when it comes to the climate crisis, animal agriculture is a leading culprit.
We can all help halt climate change and other environmental problems by eating vegan foods rather than animal-based ones and urging our friends and social media followers to do the same. On 22 April, share photos of your planet-friendly, vegan dishes on Instagram – don’t forget to tag @petaindia and include the hashtag #VeganForEarthDay.
If you feel inspired to start counting yourself among those who honour the Earth and those we share it with every day by choosing to leave animals in peace, consider ordering a free vegetarian/vegan starter kit today to get tips and recipes on eating vegan.
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