so you have this nasty habit that you want to break.
you consider giving it up for lent, hoping that doing without it for 40 days** will cure you of your addiction. or obsession. or compulsion. or whatever it is that makes you want to do something that's bad for you. or for someone you know.
maybe you succeed. maybe you don't. but at least you tried.
that's exactly what the ladies from your daily thread -- aka lauren and tracy -- and their partner, eco-publisher chelsea green, are hoping will happen when you join their cause and pledge to...
go meatless in may!
they're trying to spread awareness about how eating less meat can slow down global warming; in other words,
The raising of livestock (animals for human consumption), specifically factory farming is a major contributor of green house gases that pollute our planet. The raising of these animals creates 18% of global greenhouse gases, more than all of the world's cars and SUVS.
so when they say "go meatless", what exactly do they suggest you give up?
well, in general usage, "livestock" refers to domestic animals raised on a farm; in other words, it includes cattle, horses, sheep, goats, and pigs. and depending on whose definition you decide to go with, it may or may not include poultry -- chickens, turkeys, and ducks.
so pick the level of "sacrifice" you think you can live with for 31 days, and pledge to commit to it!
and if you're on facebook, become a fan of the meatless in may page so you can see which of your friends you'll be eating with this coming month :)
speaking of eating, here are some vegan/vegetarian restaurants that you might want to try. feel free to order anything on the menu, because you won't find any meat in any of their dishes:
by the way, if you need more incentive to give up eating meat, pick up a copy of karen dawn's thanking the monkey: rethinking the way we treat animals to learn more about how farm animals are raised and slaughtered. i brought it on the plane with me on my recent trip to boston and i couldn't put it down. not only is it clearly-written and very informative, but it has photos and illustrations -- cartoons, even! -- on almost every page. warning: while all the colorful pictures might give one the impression that it's a happy book with a happy storyline, it's actually quite depressing, especially if you can't handle the truth...
** here's a bit of trivia for you: did you ever wonder why lent is said to be 40 days long, yet there are more than 40 days between ash wednesday and easter sunday? here's why:
The season ofLentspans 40 weekdays beginning onAsh Wednesdayand climaxing duringHoly Weekwith Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday), Good Friday, and concluding Saturday before Easter... Since Sundays celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, the six Sundays that occur during Lent are not counted as part of the 40 days of Lent, and are referred to as the Sundays in Lent. -- The Season of Lent, CRI/Voice Institute
this doesn't mean, however, that you're exempt from going meatless on all sundays during the challenge!