Will you make the world a better place in 2021?
Updated: Jan 20
It's hardly worthwhile for me to state the fact that 2020 has been a challenging year for many of us. The massive impact of COVID--not just those who have died and those who have survived with potentially lifelong health effects, but the devastating effect it has had on people's livelihoods, on small businesses, and on our collective physical and/or mental health. This has been a year of social upheaval: worsening climate change complete with record-breaking wildfires across the west coast of the United States and all throughout Australia, continued and deliberate fires throughout the Amazon Rainforest for animal agriculture, global Black Lives Matter protests, the chaos of Brexit, the U.S. elections, the spread of avian flu, the tragic death of activist Regan Russell and so much more. And throughout it all, the world of non-human animals has continued to suffer at our hands, with nothing--not even a global pandemic caused by animal exploitation--stopping us from raising and slaughtering 77 billion individual land animals and over a trillion sea animals this year. Business as usual, I guess.
It goes without saying that we've got a lot of work to do.
In the meantime, let's say you want to start making a real difference three times a day: saving the lives of animals, taking a major dent out of climate change and improving your health--and that includes reducing the likelihood of future pandemics! Well, a vegan lifestyle is the way to go, and one of the brilliant things about 2020 is that there are so many resources to help you out. (Already vegan? Consider getting active with VKind! And if disability or illness keeps you from street activism, check out this article from CripHumanimal or our post here.)
Here are some of our top suggestions!
Veganuary: Take the famous Veganuary pledge to try vegan for a month with recipes, tips and meal plans.
Challenge 22: Take the 22 Day Vegan Trial! Online guidance by mentors & registered dietitians in a friendly and supportive environment.
Vegan Boot Camp: A website will take you step-by-step towards a vegan diet and lifestyle. You will be guided through lessons on subjects such as philosophy, health, climate change, cosmetics, and many more via reading material, videos, quizzes, etcetera.
21 Day Vegan Kickstart: From the Physicians' Committee for Responsible Medicine. Low-fat plant-based recipes, developed by chefs, dietitians, and experts in vegan cuisine, providing nutritious meals that are both healthy and delicious.
30 Day Vegan Challenge: The tools and resources you need to make the vegan transition. Addressing your every question and challenge, expert Colleen Patrick-Goudreau holds your hand, helping you to break free from old habits and to experience lasting benefits.
30 Day Vegan: From Viva! Recipes, meal plans, nutrition, health and inspiration, available as daily notifications or email alerts.
Here's to a better 2021 for all of us!