Caring for our environment is a big issue that requires big solutions—but it also requires many smaller ones we can adopt on a daily basis. As we figure out what we can do individually and as a community to help, we want to educate you about some ways that you can help contribute to not only the planet, but also your own life.
Switching to a diet based on plants in minimally processed forms is the single most impactful personal change you can make to decrease your environmental footprint. Eating a whole–food, plant-based diet provides all the following benefits:
Changing your eating habits by replacing animal products with whole-plant foods can achieve all these benefits–to your health, to farm workers, to animal welfare and species survival, and to the health of the planet.
We understand. For many in our community, the unprecedented current crisis is challenging enough. However, if you’re up for it, our “challenge” is to explore for yourself the myriad benefits of a whole-food, plant-based diet. We’re convinced that once you’re armed with this knowledge, personal changes will follow when the time is right for you.
So, this month, here are some suggestions to educate yourself:
Substitute vegetables, fruit, beans, and whole grains for animal products at one or more meals a week. If you use animal products, reduce the quantity, and fill in with more plant-based dishes. Experiment with new options and plant-based recipes.
Information provided on this page is from IKAR, a spiritual community in Los Angeles.