Millennials are constantly attacked by the media for issues that weren’t created by our generation.So many of us move home after college because we are burdened by student debt. When the costs of college have risen exponentially faster than any other good or service, how can you blame young people for moving home to pay off school loans? Millenials aren’t buying homes at the rates our parents did, either, and are blamed for “throwing away” money on rentals. Well, home ownership for young people becomes doubly difficult with the combination of stagnating wages and high youth unemployment rates.
Despite these challenges, today’s twenty-somethings and thirty-somethings remain optimistic. We work two, or three jobs so that we can pay off our debt faster. We are a highly-educated generation more concerned about making a difference than making a buck.
And for these reasons, I think millenials should make more plant-based choices every day. We aren’t afraid of going against the grain, so to speak. Indeed, eating less meat is cheaper. Buying lentils and vegetables rather than bacon and shrimp frees allows us to pay off debt faster and save up more to buy a home. Eating less meat means that we are freeing up scarce natural resources like land and water to stretch them farther in feeding a growing population. It allows us to drastically decrease our carbon footprint. When we choose broccoli over beef, we show mercy to sweet animals. Millenials have shown the world that we are strong and brave. By joining together, today’s young people can have a powerful impact in reducing the demand for meat and creating the bright futures we imagine for ourselves.