Have you ever wondered how much good you’re really doing by eating a plant-based meal? Even with people leaving meat and dairy off their plates more frequently – in fact, one-third of Americans now identifying as flexitarian – it’s sometimes difficult to see how our choices are making an impact. That’s why the great-great-grandson of Charles Darwin, one of the greatest modern scientists, has conveniently created The Darwin Challenge app.
Christopher Darwin is known for urging people to leave meat off of their plates and now, to further encourage people, he has created The Darwin Challenge app. Using the app, you can pick how many days you’d like to go meatless and can set yourself reminders. The app will track your progress, showing the real-time impact of your actions on your health and the planet. If that wasn’t enough, you can invite your friends, family, and colleagues to join you and your collective efforts can be tracked on the leaderboards!
This timely app couldn’t come a moment sooner. Our current global food system is pushing the planet to its absolute limit and as it stands, we are running out of land and water to provide for the massive livestock system. To give you a bit of context about the damage being done to produce meat and dairy, consider this: 2,000 trees are chopped down in the Amazon rainforest every 60 seconds to make room for agriculture – of those, 1,600 trees are chopped down every minute just to make room for cattle to graze and to grow livestock feed. If these rates of deforestation continue, there likely won’t be any rainforests left in the next 100 years. With the animal agriculture industry being responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire transportation sector combined, we need to act now to save the planet.
Ready to join Christopher Darwin and evolve as a species by leaving meat off of your plate? You can start eating for the planet by doing nothing more than choosing a delicious plant-based meal over one laden with animal products. If you look at it from a personal perspective, you can cut your own carbon footprint in half just by leaving meat off your plate for one year. (Plus save a lot of water, redirect grain for people to eat, and help protect endangered species…)
When we know how our everyday actions and choices impact others, we are given the power to make better choices. So remember, the choice is yours!
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