It is obviously a complete accident that we are about to study vegetarianism in our Year 11 classes and World Vegetarian Day has just taken place on October 1st. It is a day of celebration established “To promote the joy, compassion and life-enhancing possibilities of vegetarianism.”In fact World Vegetarian Day initiates the month of October as Vegetarian Awareness Month, which ends with November 1st as World Vegan Day.
Amanda Holden has written in the Independent about why being vegetarian is a life saving change you can make to your diet. It isn’t simply a personal decision either, by no longer eating meat the world can seriously reduce its carbon footprint. The Worldwatch Institute estimates that a staggering 51 per cent of greenhouse-gas emissions worldwide is a result of “livestock and their by-products”. It’s no wonder the United Nations has concluded that a global shift to a vegan diet is vital to alleviating the worst effects of climate change.