The UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris (COP21) has drawn a ton of attention on some of the most pressing issues facing our planet. World leaders from across this enormous, amazing planet that we call home are all coming together with the collective goal of setting some sort of legislation in place to mitigate the worst possible effects of global climate change. It’s so awesome to see the world light up with conversation surrounding how human actions are impacting everything from animals to other people and the physical landscape of our Earth.

Being an avid Green Monster, I’ve been following the chats like a super sleuth and was so tail-waggingly happy to hear none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger had a pretty smart take on how all people can make a MASSIVE positive difference on a daily basis. According to the ultimate muscle man himself, if everyone in the world gave up meat at least once or twice a week, they could DRASTICALLY slash carbon emissions.

Give up meat!?! What?! Could that really work…

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This awesomesauce solution sounds migggggghty familiar, don’t it? Yup, that’s right, it’s something that we here at One Green Planet have been saying is the most powerful choice you can make for the sake of the planet, animals, and your own health! After all, animal agriculture is not only responsible for about 14.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, it uses a RIDICULOUS amount of freshwater resources, is pushing endangered species into near extinction … oh yeah, AND polluting the air and water that we all rely on for, well LIFE!?

When asked about what he maintains his iconic muscles without meat (YES, GASP?), he simply replied: “You can get your protein many different ways.”  Not only can you get it – but my human friends told me that the number of meat alternatives that are mighty tasty and good for you is growing every single day.

Double bacon cheeseburger..?

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I mean come on peeps, by leaving meat off the menu, you can halve your carbon footprint, save 162,864 gallons of water annually, AND divert enough grain away from the livestock system to feed 1.4 BILLION other humans. Yes, pretty epic.

That’s right, next time you spot the Governator, he’ll be sporting a badass veggie burger instead. Because you don’t have to be a superhero in the movies to save the world, you can save the world right here and now with your food choices. So, pick up your fork and start making a difference!

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Want to join Arnold in his kick-butt mission to save the world, join One Green Planet’s #EatForThePlanet movement and start changing the world one bite at a time!

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