When she was just three, Genesis Butler became a vegetarian and then adopted a plant-based diet just a year later. Ever since, Butler has been a strong advocate for a vegan lifestyle, even maintaining a Facebook page aptly titled, A Vegan Child’s Journey. This young activist won the Young Vegan of the Year Award from Vegansarecool.com. And now she can add another accomplishment to her ever-growing resume: the ten-year-old just gave a TEDx talk about the link between what we eat and climate change.
As one of the youngest TEDx speakers in history, the passionate superstar activist laid down some serious facts about the how animal agriculture industry is at the heart of our current environmental crisis.
In the video above, Butler doesn’t mince words. She delivers the truth about the horrific environmental impact of animal agriculture with poise and power. But she also had some very positive solutions as well – everyone can make a difference, regardless of age, gender, size, ethnicity, religion or background … and it all starts with 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…)
We all have the power to create a better future for our children, and the countless animals we share the planet with, by making one easy swap. If you’re ready to start doing this in your own life, check out One Green Planet’s #EatForThePlanet campaign.