Much has been said about the benefits of plant-based diet not just to your health but on the planet. But making the transition to a less-meat-more-veggies diet may not be as easy as others find it to be. Thankfully, there are many ways to ease into sustainable eating. You can grow pumpkins in small space and a wide array of other edible plants so you can enjoy the goodness of fresh picks right from home. In case you are wondering why being a is cool, here are some of the top reasons that will make you want to give it a try.
A way to help ease the burden on the planet. Becoming a vegetarian helps you reduce your environmental impact. Meat or dairy-based diets usually use up more natural resources to maintain. You can do your share of cutting back the use of resources such as water and food to grow animals that would provide your usual dietary requirements of dairy, eggs, and meat.
Promote responsible and sustainable raising of animals for meat. Raising animals for food usually involves the use of unnatural means to maximize profit. With the continuous, and often increasing, demand for meat and dairy products, animal raising has become a business that uses whatever means necessary to produce enough supplies to meet people’s requirements.
Nutritional benefits. A vegetarian lifestyle can help prevent the onset of certain conditions such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart ailments, high cholesterol, and more. It is also a great way in keeping your blood sugar levels within normal range and helps in lowering your blood pressure. A vegan diet likewise provides you with the essential nutrients you need from plant-based foods, which provide your body with the fuel it needs to function properly.
Canada is one of the countries at the forefront of environment and sustainability initiatives. The country is home to some of the greenest cities in the world. From citywide recycling programs to green transportation initiatives, here are some Canada’s cleanest and greenest places.
The city of Calgary was named as the cleanest city in Canada. And it is also widely considered as one of the cleanest in the world. Its public green spaces and parks span more than 7,500 hectares. It boasts of a wind-powered light rail transit (LRT) and the largest urban park in Canada stretching to 19 kilometers long. Its Too Good To Waste program launched in 2007 aimed to reduce the amount of waste that end up in landfills. Its water waste management and the quality of its sewage system are also among the reasons why the city has been making big strides towards being green and sustainable.
Kelowna, British Columbia
Located at the heart of the Okanagan Valley, Kelowna is one of Canada’s best destinations for nature lovers. It is also known for its top-notch air quality. There is an abundant supply of fresh and locally-grown fruits and vegetables you can find in farmers’ markets, orchards, and stores. Not to mention the local restaurants that serve delicious food made from homegrown ingredients.
Montreal has made its mark as Canada’s most bike-friendly cities. Its bike paths stretch for hundreds of kilometers. Apart from providing the infrastructure to promote its public bike program, the city is also investing in improving its public transportation system.
Canada’s largest city boasts of a recycling program that has greatly contributed to its waste-reduction efforts. It has adopted policies like the Toronto’s Climate Change Action Plan that aims to reduce greenhouse emission by 80% by 2050 and the Toronto Green Standard which seeks to promote green buildings and sustainable landscapes among others. And with plans that seek to provide green transportation in the city, Toronto is indeed making its mark as one of the nation’s green cities.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Vancouver may be one of Canada’s populous metropolises. But that does not stop the city from being a leader in green policies and strategies. It adopted a Greenest City Action Plan outlining strategies that would promote urban sustainability. Some of the city’s environment and sustainability initiatives include the Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, Neighbourhood Energy Strategy, Renewable City Strategy, and Zero Waste Vancouver.
Watching TED Talks is one of the enriching things you can do with your spare time. You can pick up a wealth of ideas and information from speakers from across different fields of expertise. If you are interested in topics like environment and eco-friendly lifestyle, here are some of the best videos that will inspire you to make sustainable lifestyle changes now.
1. Alice Bows-Larkin: Climate change is happening. Here’s how we adapt
One of the things worth keeping in mind when it comes to the global environmental crisis is that we are all in this together. No matter which side of the fence you may be about climate change, there is no harm in learning how to adapt. In this talk, climate researcher Alice Bows-Larkin shares information and suggestions on what needs to be done given the existing realities.
2. Leyla Acaroglu: Paper beats plastic? How to rethink environmental folklore
Leyla Acaroglu is a sustainability strategist and here she tackles the myths surrounding green living and the need to rethink them. She also talks about the importance of coming up with sustainable systems and products that will mitigate the impact on the environment.
3. Mark Bittman: What’s wrong with what we eat
This talk will make you rethink your diet. Food writer Mark Bittman shares his take on how our food choices may be putting too much strain on the planet.
4. Pam Warhurst: How we can eat our landscapes
Imagine if you transform unused lands into thriving edible gardens? TED Talk speaker Pam Warhurst shares the story of how she and a team of volunteers started growing edible gardens in what used to be unused lands.
5. Ron Finley: A guerilla gardener in South Central LA
This is an inspiring talk of how Ron Finley started a movement – planting food, fruit trees, vegetables, and all sorts of edible plants in vacant lots in South Central LA. Full of humor and passion, this talk will make you think about what people can do together to make a positive change and promote sustainable living in the community.