Day 16 of the #plantfueledyoga challenge starts the Environmental Connection of our Yoga Challenge!
Eating plants. Oh, they are so delicious. So full of nutrients, vitamins, minerals. So good for your body, skin, energy. Plus, no one is harmed in the process, including Mother Earth.
So, the plant-based lifestyle is not only beneficial for you, your body and skin, and the unharmed animal, but hugely beneficial for the environment. For the next three days in Sarah and my 21 day challenge we delve into the benefits a plant-based diet has on the earth, starting with the Top 5 Environmental benefits of eating plants.
Top 5 environmental benefits of eating plants
- Climate change – The livestock sector is responsible for 51% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Compare this to emissions from ALL forms of transportation (road, rail, air and marine), coming in at 13%. Methane from livestock is 23 times more powerful than carbon dioxide as a global warming gas.
- Water use – It take approximately 660 GALLONS of water to produce one hamburger. This is the equivalent of showering for two months straight.
- Deforestation – 1 to 2 acres of rain forest are cleared every second. Animal agriculture is responsible for 91% of Amazon destruction.
- Species extinction – 110 animal and insect species are lost EVERY DAY from rain forest destruction.
- Land use – Livestock covers 45% of the Earth’s total land. The amount of land needed to feed one person for a year? Vegan = ⅙ acre; Meat eater = 3 acres (18x that of a vegan).
We are rooted to the Earth, connected and bound to that which is around us. Our surroundings bind us; we are all connected.
Today’s Connection Yoga post: Bind
Choose a bind that makes you feel connected. Let your body parts work together. Your muscles connecting with skin, tendons pulling and flexing. Feel everything as one. Be kind to that which roots you to the earth.