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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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