Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Carbon Fast for Lent: Meat-Free and More

Whoops, I missed a post yesterday. That gives us two today: a proposal for a meat-free day, and a nudge to connect with people in our own local communities.

DAY 28 – TUESDAY 24 MARCH: “Eat no meat today and try to cut down on the amount of meat you eat each week. Read Tearfund’s position on climate change and meat eating at”

DAY 29 – WEDNESDAY 25 MARCH: “Find out what energy saving or climate change activities are going on in your local area by contacting your local authority or community groups. Find out more about Tearfund’s campaigning work on energy:”

Tearfund’s position paper on meat notes that the livestock industry is responsible for 18% of global greenhouse gas emissions — a larger contributor than global transportation, to put the number in perspective. It also helps drive water shortages, and contributes to rising food prices (feeding livestock reduces the supply of grain available from human consumption). Sure, you can become a vegetarian like me(!) — but even a weekly meat-free day helps the environment and saves you money to boot. has a special vegetarian section on their web site with easy and delicious tips and ideas.

Today’s mitzvah:
While you’re munching on a delicious vegetarian lunch, do a GoodSearch for local environmental efforts, like South Central Wisconsin’s MPowering Madison initiative.

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