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Opt To Act - Simple Action #12: Go Meatless One Day This Week


Opt to Act - Simple Action #12: Go Meatless One Day This Week

Join REI in making the fight for life outdoors part of your life with The Opt To Act Plan - 52 weeks of simple actions to reduce your impact, get active, and leave the world better than you found it. Full details can be found here

Week 12: Go meatless one day this week

This week, hop on the Meatless Monday (or Tuesday or Wednesday) train. Plan at least one day of plant-based meals (the food blog A Couple Cooks has a great lineup of menu ideas for inspiration) and you’ll be joining a global effort launched by the Monday Campaigns and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health to try to reduce meat consumption in the U.S. by 15 percent. There are so many reasons to join this effort: The health benefits of eating vegetables include adding important nutrients to your diet (like potassium, dietary fiber, folate (folic acid), vitamin A, and vitamin C, for example), plus a reduced risk for developing heart disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes. Even one day of vegetarian livin’ each week can help reduce the environmental impact of the livestock industry, which accounts for more than 14 percent of global greenhouse gases every year. Finally, cooking vegetarian meals can give you a reason to get creative. Head to your local market (the closer the veggies were grown, the better) then whip up a pan of this delicious vegetarian shakshuka for dinner tonight.

At REI, we believe time outside is fundamental to a life well lived.
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Whole Food Plant Based eating is the way to go! Great for the planet, healthiest way to eat for longevity and quality, and so delicious. A pretty easy way to decrease your carbon footprint and live longer 

Great idea, thank you


We buy an entire cow from a local farmer, who brings it to a local butcher, and then we bring it home and eat the steaks, roasts etc. It actually decreases our carbon footprint MORE than driving to the grocery store once a week to only buy plants. Just another idea for those who like meat.