Why not go vegetarian to celebrate International Day of Forests?

By Helena Uhl and Gabriela Fernández


Beef production requires 100 times more water than growing vegetables. /Pixabay

Every year on 21 March the United Nations celebrates International Day of Forests. The UN hoped this event would help raise awareness about how important all types of forests are to the current and future generations.

Some people have acknowledge the importance of trees and made a lifestyle choice that could help limit deforestation around the globe. More people are choosing to be vegetarian in an effort to save the planet.

According to the National Diet and Nutrition Survey, more than 1.2 million people in the UK are vegetarian, making up almost two per cent of the population. The same research showed that there are twice as many vegetarian women as men. Most of these interviewees said that they chose to live a meat-free life because of the environmental damage that livestock causes.

Meat production creates more emissions than all transportation methods combined. While beef production requires 100 times more water than growing vegetables. This is according to the Oxford Martin School’s Future of Food programme.

So next time you’re tempted to grab a salami pizza after work, get a salad instead. It’ll do wonders for your waistline and the planet.