As a vegetarian for the past decade or so, I’ve been well aware of the ethical implications of eating meat, but I was never fully educated on the extreme impact animal agriculture has on our environment. About a month ago I decided to become vegan for three reasons: animal welfare (because eating dairy and eggs causes just as much harm to animals as eating meat does), the positive impact a vegan lifestyle has on the environment, and for health reasons. I was inspired by a number of vegans on YouTube (who I will post about in a few weeks), and documentaries available on Netflix, but watching Cowspiracy has cemented my decision more than anything else.
The truth of the matter is, if you want to leave a planet for our children and our children’s children to thrive on, then we need to start making changes. I strongly believe that education can change the world, but I’ve also come to the conclusion that businesses want us to be uneducated about certain topics, because if we knew what was really happening, we’d ask difficult questions and demand answers. There is so much that the general public isn’t aware of when it comes to the sustainability of our environment, but the truth is out there and we have the power to make a difference. If you think of yourself as someone who cares about the environment, then I urge you to watch Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, which is on Netflix and available for download.