Thanksgiving, the biggest food holiday in the U.S., is almost here. And in addition to stuffing your face, you’ll likely be Instagramming the entire event (until you fall asleep from a food coma, that is). But, did you know that those food photos could help save the planet? Yes, you read that right. Here’s how.

The Trouble With Turkey

By leaving meat and dairy off your plate this holiday, you’re taking a stand for the planet. There is currently more carbon dioxide in our atmosphere than there has been in the past 800,000 years —  and unfortunately, the human appetite for meat and dairy is to blame for a large part of this. Not only does it contribute more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire transportation sector, but it is also responsible for rampant deforestation, air and water pollution, and species extinction.  Meanwhile, nearly one billion people go to bed hungry every night.


Stuff Your Face and Save the World?

So what can we, as individuals, do to help the planet? It all starts on our dinner plates. By leaving turkey off your plate this Thanksgiving, you can cut your carbon footprint in half and if you ditch meat for a year, save a whopping 162,486 gallons of water annually – and if everyone in the U.S. left meat and dairy off the menu, we could redirect enough grain to feed 1.4 billion additional people. Luckily, eating plant-based is easier than ever and not only are there countless meat-free mains that can be found in grocery stores, you can also find hundreds of recipes right here on One Green Planet.

Instagram First, Eat Later

But wait, there’s one more step — we want you to channel your inner activist and show the world how the fight against climate change starts on your plate. Use #EatForThePlanet when sharing photos of your Thanksgiving feast – prep included – and tag @OneGreenPlanet. We’ll be featuring all your photos in the gallery below and regramming the best photos and so the world can see just how awesome and impactful vegan food can be!

So, while your discerning uncle might wrinkle his nose at your turkey-less plate, thousands of others will see what an awesome meat-free Thanksgiving you’re having — again, just don’t forget to use #EatForThePlanet.

Check out the yummy photos Green Monsters have already started sharing! 

Lead image source: Wild Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash