“We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.” –author unknown
This is one of my most favorite quotes and I thought Meat-Free Week would be an excellent time to share it with you. A lot people are understandably surprised to find out I’ve never eaten meat (or chicken or fish). They ask, don’t you want to just taste it now that you’re an adult and can make your own non-veg choices? You’re missing out on so much, they tell me.
When I see images of polar bears struggling to stay afloat on rapidly melting icebergs, my heart hurts. The Nature Conservancy predicts that in one hundred years—in our children’s and grandchildren’s lifetime—polar bears will probably become extinct due to loss of ice in the Arctic. The polar bear is just one example of an animal struggling for survival. Climate change impacts species’ habitats around the world and threatens their future existence.
So my answer then, is no I don’t want to try it. Methane production from the meat industry contributes significantly to greenhouse gas emissions. I’m only a twenty-something. I don’t have children yet, but when I do, I want them to live in a world with honeybees. Our job now is to do what we can to ensure that future generations can enjoy the same planet we have today. I’ll gladly miss out on a hamburger if it means that children tomorrow can share my wonder and awe at smiling dolphins, majestic eagles, and of course, beautiful polar bears.