In 2011, the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association adopted a Statement of Conscience on the issue of ethical eating. The UU United Nations Office has since been advocating for ethical eating as a necessary component of climate action in partnership with the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation. The Tzu Chi Foundation is inviting the world community to eat a local and vegetarian diet on January 11th of every year as an Ethical Eating Day. There are over 1.3 million people around the world participating in this event!
The Interfaith Living the Change initiative also encourages people of faith and conscience to move towards a more plant-based diet to address climate change, because eating a plant-based diet saves 0.8 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year. This represents 4 times more greenhouse gas emissions per year than recycling:
Will you pledge to join with other people of faith and conscience to observe Ethical Eating Day by eating a local and vegetarian diet?
“Change starts with us and it can start one day at a time.” – Tzu Chi USAPledge to join Ethical Eating Day
Or if you want to take your pledge to another level, check out Veganuary!