FACT: Eating all plants is the #1 personal change any individual can make to combat climate change, bigger than switching to solar power or an electric car.
- Project Drawdown (with additional calculations from ”Plant Rich Diet” to allplants diet) https://www.drawdown.org/
- For more, see studies like: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10584-014-1169-1
FACT: We'll reduce the carbon dioxide equivalent of taking 54% of cars off the road, all year, every year.
- UK population: 67.5M
- 388kg CO2 saved per person by switching to 2 days. All plants. Every week. For a year.
- Totals: 26.2M tonnes of CO2 emissions saved
- Total car KM in UK per annum = 410Bn
- 1 car KM = avg. 0.1185kg Co2
- Total carbon emissions from car KM = 48.6M tonnes CO2.
- 26.2M/48.6M = 54% of car emissions OR “taking 54% of cars off the road”
- Carbon saved eating an all plant diet 1 day / week = 3.8kg
- Carbon saved eating an all plant diet 2 days / week for 1 year = 388kg
- Trees absorb approx 20 - 30kg CO2 / yr (dependent on multiple factors)
- Therefore 2 days allplants / week = ~16 trees worth of CO2 absorbed / yr per person (This is an average, but is very variable depending on tree type, soil type, rainfall, location etc)
- 16 (average trees) x 67.5m (pop) = 1bn
- We'll reduce CO2 in the atmosphere by the equivalent absorbed by 1billion trees every year.
- Food in a Warming World, The changing foods on the british plate
- Poore et Nemecek, Reducing food’s environmental impacts through producers and consumers, Oxford University, 2019 [All Plant diet reduces diet-related carbon footprint by 73% versus average UK diet]
- Tree co2 absorption data point
- Highest ever total distance travelled by UK car traffic in a year = 255 billion vehicle miles. (RAC foundation, part of the RAC)
FACT: Save enough water to provide 11 years worth of showers for every Brit
- UK population: 67.5M
- Average water footprint of UK citizen = 4,600L daily (waterfootprint.org)
- 3,000L (65%) of water footprint comes from diet (study conducted by European Commission), and vegan diet can reduce diet water footprint by 80% (Journal Nature Sustainability)
- Two vegan days per week for a year results in an annual saving of 247,000L per person
- The average Brit showers every day (Yougov), and consumes 62L per shower (BBC / Unilever)
- So we’d individually save enough water (equivalent of 3,982 showers!) to provide showering for 10.9 years (rounded up to 11)
- Demand for water will exceed supply by 40% in 2030.
- Vanham et al, The water footprint of different diets within European sub-national geographical entities, 2018
FACT: Reduce the risk of heart disease by up to 20%, high blood pressure and diabetes.
- You'll stop increasing your risk of heart disease by 13-20% by eating less red meat.
- Plus, more plant diets are associated with lower risks of heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and obesity.
- Wang and beydoun, 2009 Meat consumption is associated with obesity and central obesity among US adults
- NHS, Antibiotic use in farm animals 'threatens human health’, 2015
- Wenpeng et al, University of Adelaide, School of Medicine, 2016, .adelaide.edu.au/news/news86602.html
- British Nutrition Foundation
- Sobiecki et al, 2016 High compliance with dietary recommendations in a cohort of meat eaters, fish eaters, vegetarians, and vegans: results from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition–Oxford study
- Orlich et al, 2014 Vegetarian Dietary Patterns and Mortality in Adventist Health Study 2