While there are infinite ways that you can change your everyday life to better the environment, the best ways are those that don't only help environmental health, but your health as well. Cutting back on your meat consumption will do just that.
Now I'm not a vegetarian by any means; I'll be the first to admit that I eat meat from time to time. But the facts about meat consumption contributing to pollution speak for themselves. Consider this: would you ever make 16 plates of pasta, toss 15 in the trash and just eat the one plate? Of course you wouldn't; but that's exactly what you're doing when you choose to eat meat. Eating meat is such a massive waste of resources, that according to Environmental Defense, if every American skipped one meal of chicken per week and substituted vegetarian foods instead, the carbon dioxide savings would be the same as taking more than half a million cars off U.S. roads.
I'm not suggesting that the world become vegetarians; while this would obviously be the best answer to our problem, it's a lofty and unachievable goal at this point in time. Join me in cutting out one meat-based meal a week, and substituting tofu, beans, or another protein rich, meat-free food. It's an easy and healthy choice to make that your body, and the environment, will be thankful for.
Jessica Daley, NBC.com