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April 29, 2011

One Small Thing: Cut the Meat Out

One_small_thing_logoThe amount of atmospheric carbon has skyrocketed. And world leaders are balking at doing anything about it. What can one person do? Not much -- unless a lot of people take part.

That's why once a week until Earth Day 2012, we'll post one small thing you can do to lessen your carbon footprint. Indicate that you're on board by liking and sharing with us your experience in the comments section. The goal is to get enough people participating that one small thing will turn into be a very big deal.

Last week, more than 450 people "liked" the pledge to either walk or bike a short trip. Here's this week's one small thing:

#2. Cut Out the Meat.

You are what you eat. The mainstream meat industry is a major consumer of petroleum. It can be hard to change eating habits. But if you're an everyday meat eater, one meatless day a week would go a long way. How long? Consider that one day a week of a vegetable based diet "reduces emissions equivalent to about 1,160 miles a year" of driving in a car that gets 25 miles per gallon.

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