Letter: Help protect the planet with a vegan diet

Graphic by Lori Deaton

Thanks to Richard Fireman for creating dialogue regarding climate change in his letter “City Council Needs Missionary Zeal” in the Sept. 19 issue of Mountain Xpress. I would add we all need missionary zeal around protecting our planet, and Ashevilleans are, for the most part, conscientious and want to do the right thing.

So, what is the single most important thing each of us can do? The answer is written about eloquently in a recent article [avl.mx/5c7]: “‘A vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gases, but global acidification, eutrophication, land use and water use,’ said Joseph Poore, at the University of Oxford, UK, who led the research. ‘It is far bigger than cutting down on your flights or buying an electric car,’ he said, as these only cut greenhouse gas emissions.”

I think Asheville could lead the way by posting colorful educational signs throughout the city listing ways for each of us to protect the planet, with eliminating meat and dairy at the top of the list. Perhaps we would be one of the first cities to think outside the box and do something like this. It would cost very little, yet the cost of not educating the public is devastating.

— Miriam Hard


Thanks for reading through to the end…

We share your inclination to get the whole story. For the past 25 years, Xpress has been committed to in-depth, balanced reporting about the greater Asheville area. We want everyone to have access to our stories. That’s a big part of why we've never charged for the paper or put up a paywall.

We’re pretty sure that you know journalism faces big challenges these days. Advertising no longer pays the whole cost. Media outlets around the country are asking their readers to chip in. Xpress needs help, too. We hope you’ll consider signing up to be a member of Xpress. For as little as $5 a month — the cost of a craft beer or kombucha — you can help keep local journalism strong. It only takes a moment.

About Letters
We want to hear from you! Send your letters and commentary to letters@mountainx.com

Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

2 thoughts on “Letter: Help protect the planet with a vegan diet

  1. J

    Can’t wait til someone has the BALLZ write an article stating “Protect the planet; refrain from procreating”

  2. Enlightened Enigma

    Miriam….why don’t YOU fund that operation and get your volunteers activated yourself ??? You’ll get it done faster than govco…do it!

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.