The first Earth Day, 42 years ago, marked an awakening of environmental awareness. Much has been done to reverse the damage decades of irresponsible behavior has had on out planet. What that being said, there’s obviously a lot more work to be done.
TreeHugger asked some of the Web’s best environmental writers to share their wishes for Earth Day. Responses varied, some said renewable energy, changing the human brain, or simply that there is no silver bullet that could solve our endless environmental problems. But if there was one response that I couldn’t agree with more, it would be that of professional race car driver, environmental activist, and frequent contributor to TreeHugger.com Leilani Munter.
"If I could change one thing about the world, I would have everyone adopt a plant based diet. Many people associate their carbon footprint with the fuel in the car they drive but they don’t associate it with the food on their plate.”
This is a large part of the reason why I am a vegetarian myself. The meat industry is very hard on our natural resources, polluting our land and water, cutting down rain forests and slaughtering billions of animals annually. Even Albert Einstein was a vegetarian! He once said:
"Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet."