Here at Planted HQ we're all about preserving the health of our planet, along with the humans and animals on it. The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970 when 20 million people took to the streets of America to protest the industrial revolution. Now, every year on April 22, we plant trees, clean up coral reefs, sign petitions and make plans for a better future for our planet. The issue of climate change is becoming more and more devastating, and we can all do more to put a stop to it. In the words of Leonardo DiCaprio - 'This is the most important issue of our time' (before the flood).
Animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than the combined exhaust from all transportation. Forests—which absorb greenhouse gases—are cut down in order to supply pastureland and grow crops for farmed animals. Animal agriculture is also guilty of being one of the largest consumers of water and producers of waste. Feeding massive amounts of grain and water to farmed animals and then killing them and processing, transporting, and storing them is extremely energy-intensive. By cutting down on your meat consumption, you will be taking a powerful step towards halting climate change. We don't expect people to go vegan overnight (although we did, so it is possible!), but making conscious decisions in your day to day life will have more of an impact than you think.
Today, we are celebrating Earth Day with a pop up at The Longhouse, where 22 people will come together to share a 5 course vegan feast. We can't wait to cook for our guests and show them how delicious plant based food can be. Cooking for non vegans at our pop ups and seeing them leave surprised and inspired to eat more plants is extremely rewarding and assures us that we're doing our bit.