"A global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from the worst impacts of climate change."
We awaken to a new year, lives frozen in time. A global pandemic keeps families homebound on invisible leaches as we navigate a condensed version of life. Children “attend” school from their kitchen tables as parents' new vocabulary includes phrases like "non-traditional education." The world needs more kindness.
School cafeteria staff around the nation work tirelessly to deliver prepackaged meals to children at home. These children would, in “normal” times, eat 2 of their 3 daily meals at school. We have a food crisis and children are hungry. The world needs more kindness.
A leading contributor to climate change is bovine belching. Yep. Burping cows. A 2017 study found that if every meat eater switched to beans, it would put the United States halfway toward meeting the greenhouse gas emission goals in the Paris Accord. Each year, one cow belches about 220 pounds of methane into the atmosphere. Start on the path to plant-based eating with a commitment to Meatless Mondays. Eat more kale and less cows. The world needs more kindness.
May you and your family be safe, happy, and healthy in 2021. Teach your chidren how to cook. Eat more fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. Practice kindness daily. Repeat.
Nancy Heinrich, MPH
Founder and Wellness Architect
Growing Healthy Kids, Inc.