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Meat free meal #1

So on Sunday I wrote how, after an IPCC report, I was going to reduce the amount of meat I consume in a week, as part of my attempts to break through my apathy barrier.

I did it tonight, with a lovely bit of pasta and pesto, with a bit of salad on the side. Very easy of course, but hey why not – he’s me taking 1 small step…

get some water boiling

Step 1: get some water boiling

chuck in some pasta!

Step 2: chuck in some pasta!

a lovely bit of God's own pesto

Step 3: a lovely bit of God's own Pesto...

...and stir it all in..lovely jubbly

...and stir it all in..lovely jubbly

So there you go. Now I’m not claiming to have just done something revolutionary here, but for the point of this blog, I’ve taken a small, pratical, tangible step towards making a difference, however small.

My guilty pleasure though is a good home made Thai curry…I dread to think of the airmiles all the sauces collect!

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Cutting out the meat

The man in charge of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is giving a talk in London on Monday – and he’s going to tell us all to eat meat for one less day a week

Methane is one of the most dangerous emissions

Methane is one of the most dangerous emissions

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According to today’s Observer Dr Rajendra Pachauri says that we should use that as a base to eventually reduce the amount of meat we consume.

He’s a vegetarian himself, so that’s easy for him to say. But if the science is right, he’s making a good point.

Meat production – including fertisiler and cattle feed – accounts for nearly a fifth of all greenhouse gas emissions. And then you have the amount cow’s emit when they, you know, let one off.

Here’s the crux – this is important because Dr Pachauri is asking US to make changes to OUR LIVES.

And it’s great because to start it is a small step. One less meat meal a week. Have a vegetable stir fry instead. Or pasta and pesto. Or a roast vegetable salad.

I really believe individuals are going to have to make changes like these if we’re to make any headway in stopping climate change. We can’t leave it to Washington and Whitehall.

That’s why from today I am going to have at least one meat free meal a week – and reduce it from there.

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I’m just a guy

Hello there. Yes, I’m just a guy.

I’m 23, I live in the UK, I have a degree, a postgrad, and a job in the media.

For a long time, it was all I wanted to do. But now problems in the world seem to be getting bigger and the impact my life – as it is now – on those problems is getting smaller.

So it just struck me, about a week ago, that I want to use my years to make a difference, but as soon as I thought about it, a long track of hurdles appeared before me. What do I do? How do I do it?  What the hell do I have to offer?

I realised that to do anything I’m going to have to grow some balls and ditch my apathy.  But that in itself is a huge step, especially in the modern western world.

So that’s why I’ve decided to keep this blog. I’ll share my ideas and experiences as I try to break the shackles of my own apathy and go out into the world and do something decent with my life. Maybe someone will rock up with a brilliant idea. I might even inspire someone…

I’m 23, and it seems like the right time to do it, before the commitments of modern life take their hold….

I’ve done lots of reading over the last week, trying to get a hook on where to start. One of the most inspiring things I’ve found is a quote from Mark Twain, on Escape Club, a site to help people ditch their dead end jobs:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade wind in your sail. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

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