The voice of my conscience is now at a volume I can no longer ignore.
Stories about animals having complex emotions and sophisticated social structures seem to be appearing in my news feed with increased frequency. And the U.N. just came out stating that a global shift to a vegan diet is critical if we want to save the world from environmental destruction and hunger. It turns out that the vegans, whom I once regarded as a bit weird and extreme, had it right all along. (Sorry vegan friends!)
I know I have to change. I eat way too much meat. Partly because I just like meat, but mostly it’s out of habit – originating from my ‘meat and three’ veg Aussie upbringing. I also know myself pretty well. If I try to go vegan, I’ll likely become overwhelmed, get down on myself, and throw in the towel.
So I’m making a deal with myself: Effective immediately I’m going to make my Mondays meat-free. I’m not completely cutting out eggs or dairy just yet. I’ll start with red and white meats, and seafoods. For the remainder of the week I’ll make sure my meat is free-range. I’ve also started buying Great Ocean Road milk as it has a higher ethical rating than other brands. (I do plan to cut out dairy eventually – the mental image of calves being dragged away from their mothers twelve hours after birth and slaughtered so that humans can drink their milk is pretty horrible.)
The “Meat-Free Monday” movement was founded by Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney in 2009. Its aim is to raise awareness of the detrimental environmental impact of eating meat, and to encourage people to help slow climate change, preserve natural resources and improve their health by having at least one meat free day each week. You can learn more here.
I’ ll aim to make it a positive, creative experience by experimenting with vegan recipes. Hopefully with time my repertoire of vegan recipes will be so second nature that I can expand beyond Mondays.
Bring on meat-free Monday! Wish me luck! Care to join me?
PS: If you have more discipline than me (not hard!) there’s a cool app called The Climatarian Challenge. The challenge is to eat in a carbon-conscious way for 30 days. Visit www.lessmeatlessheat.org
PPS: If anyone has tips on how to transition to veganism I’d love for you to message me.