In an attempt to shrink its carbon footprint, a town named Ghent, in Belgium, is taking it seriously—they’ve decided to go vegetarian for one day a week! They’ll get things started with their city employees and then spread the good behavior on to the students in their schools come September.
Instead of just feeling bad that meat production is one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, this town has decided to act—and that’s what change is made of. By doing this, countless animals will be spared intense suffering on factory farms only to end up on someone’s plate. I bet a whole lot of these Ghent residents will be taking to veggie meals more than once a week when they realize how much better they feel without eating dead animals.
Delighted at this news, PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk has written some letters of encouragement to a few cities in the United States in an effort to nudge them forward in the fight against climate change. This is such a simple, lifesaving step—why would anyone not agree?