Friday, February 27, 2015

I'm going Meat Free for a Week!

I'm fundraising for Meat Free Week!

I'm going Meat Free for a week from the 23rd March till March 29th 2015. I'm doing this to raise awareness about excessive meat consumption and the impact it is having on our health, animals and the environment. And in the process, I'm raising money for some important charities.

I’d like to think that my current diet is relatively not meat excessive (although I do eat a lot of cheese!). I live with a vegetarian and we’re part of veg-box scheme but I’m still happy to participate in Meat Free Week as I hope to show people that significantly cutting down on your meat consumption will make a significant difference to your health and a substantial difference to the environment.

I strongly believe that the only person you can change without force is yourself and that sustainable realistic lasting changes come about when a person decides for themselves and are not badgered, guilt-tripped or belittled into making those decisions or choices. I think the Meat Free Week is a great way of giving people a taster of what those changes could be like and raising awareness of those issues.

I hope that I can lead by example and as someone who loves their food, show that you can still have yummy food and a good quality of life that isn’t harmful to the environment by cutting down the amount of meat you eat and every once and while going completely meat free!

A few facts I’d like to highlight about the benefit of going Meat Free for a week (if not longer!):

Scientists and environmentalists agree that reducing meat consumption will take pressure off the planet's resources. While estimates vary, it is clear that greenhouse gas production from livestock and meat production sector is significant and consumer can reduce their greenhouse gas footprint by reducing the volume of their meat consumption.

Leading water scientists have warned there will not be enough water available to produce food for the expected 9 billion population of 2050. It takes 3,900 litres to produce 1kg of chicken and just 1,300 litres of water to produce 1kg of wheat.

At a time when some 800 million people suffer from malnutrition, one third of the world's cereal harvest is fed to farm animals – enough to feed almost three billion people.

Globally, each year more than 66 billion animals are slaughtered for food to feed 7 billion people. Every minute, around 120,000 farm animals are slaughtered around the world. Many animals endure mutilation with no anesthetic e.g. teeth being pulled out, tails and beaks sliced off.

High consumption of red and processed meat (like bacon, ham, sausages, salami and other packaged meat such as pastrami) is associated with colon cancer and increases the risk of type 2 diabetes.

During the week I'll be posting about the recipes I'll be eating and sharing the veggie love with you all so watch this page for some yummy drooling! Remember you can also follow my on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!

What you can do!

You can support my by donating to my fundraising page - every little would be greatly appreciated :D

Why not sign up yourself and go Meat Free for a week? Already vegetarian or vegan? No problem, sponsor someone to go Meat Free!

Find out more and help raise awareness about the issues - visit the Meat Free Week website to get informed! Remember to follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and use the hashtag #meatfreeweek

No need to sign up or fund-raise to try going Meat Free for a week on your own - check out the recipes I'll be sharing during the week for some inspiration!

Friday, February 13, 2015

In times for Valentine's day, here is more of what I get up to at work, this time with my job at Scottish Environment LINK.

This Valentine, Species Champions are showing their love for their species as part of Stop Climate Chaos’ For the Love Campaign (FTLO). FTLO gives people a way of showing what they love and how concerned they are about how climate change will effect it. You can read more about FTLO here.  Our Champions are showing their love for their species and explaining how it is threatened by climate change and how we need to act now to save them.

Check out our video (below) of the Champion MSPs professing their love this Valentine’s. We didn’t lock ‘em up in any dungeon; they came willing to record messages of love and warning during their busy schedule at Parliament. Make sure to also head to our YouTube channel to see individual videos of the MSPs waxing lyrical about their species. Find out more about Species Champions here.

If you haven't seen it already, remember to look at the first Species Champion video we made by using this link here.


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

This Valentines!

This year, world leaders could make decisions to protect all we hold dear. We need them to feel our love for things we could lose to climate change. For the love of country walks and Scotland's beautiful seasons. For the love of the food on our plates. For the love of our global neighbours. For the love of the Arctic and the Great Barrier Reef. For the love of all the things we care about, we're taking action on climate change, and we’re not alone.

What you can do!
We all love things that are already being affected by climate change, or will be in the future. With new leadership in the Scottish Government, we must make sure that the new First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, remains committed to tackling the ‘defining issue of our time’.

In Paris, in December 2015, global leaders are expected to conclude negotiations for a new deal to tackle climate change and address its impacts. As a country that has already committed to take ambitious action on climate change, Scotland has a key role to play.

Call on the First Minister to deliver on Scotland's climate commitments - take part in the e-action now

Send a Valentine card and show the world what you care about, with the person you care about.

Remember to share this with your friends, family and networks and use the hashtags #Showthelove and #Fortheloveof