As much as cliché the phrase „new year, new me” is, most of us like the feeling of a blank page once the new year starts. Even though there’s always a reason to set new resolutions, try something new or learn that language you’ve always wanted to learn, a new year gives you a feeling that you can start over. It’s rather unhealthy to drown yourself in resolutions; it’s best to focus on things that are absolutely doable. Sooo… maybe participating in the Veganuary movement is something you’d like to take up? Or at least consider? Let’s dive right into it!
What Veganuary actually is
It’s started in 2014 in the UK. The popularity of it has greatly increased in the recent years. The main purpose of the movement is to encourage people to try be vegan for the month of January. It’s supposed to make you try something new without feeling like you failed if you can’t keep up with it. It creates a feeling of belonging to a community as it’s present on all kinds of social media, like Instagram, Twitter or Facebook where you can get inspired or inspire others with the meals you make for yourself. Most of the information is available on the official Veganuary website. All you have to do is to sign up and you’ll get an access to a „starter kit” that you can download and restaurant recommendations. Besides that you can count on daily support emails, product guidance and lots of plant-based recipes. It can’t get any easier, right?
Veganúar in Iceland
It’s basically a brother to the original movement adapted to the Icelandic market. It’s also started in 2014 and it has gained lots popularity and partners along the way. It also has an official website where you can find lots of tips, guidance, recipes and all kinds of shops and restaurants that actively participate. What’s more – you can also find there a schedule with multiple meetings an happenings organized during January to raise awareness and help the people who are confused how to adapt to the vegan lifestyle. A ton of help can also bring you the official group on Facebook that unites over 22 000 people.
Why try to be vegan after all?
Less meat, less heat. Have you heard about the raging wildfires in Australia? They have already killed about 500 million animals. FIVE. HUNDRED. MILLION. Lots of species are close to extinction. It’s one of the numerous results of the global global warming. Cutting out meat and animal products is the easiest and quickest ways to limit your carbon dioxide and methane emission. Skipping all of the boring data that will make you yawn – let me draw you just one picture. Imagine all the cars, the trains, the ships and planes and any other forms of transport all around the globe. Got it? Great. All of them combined are responsible of producing 13% of greenhouse gases all around the Earth. Now believe me, but agriculture’s impact is one percent higher. There are also such motives like your health and ethics. Sir Paul McCartney one said that „If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian”.
Remember that you don’t have to be perfect. It’s a learning process and the fact that you want to at least try is an actual accomplishment. We really have to wake up and try to wake up other people because our planet is literally on fire. And if you like being plant-based for a month, why not continue it? 🙂