Meatless Mondays – Final Paper

Two men on a mission to help save the planet. Skyler Briggs and Samuel Padilla are challenging themselves not to eat meat on Mondays. They chose not to eat meat because the meat is a major contributor to methane and Co2 and one of the main uses of water is raising and processing meat. They do not want to go vegan because they like meat but want to help out the planet. To make sure he still gets protein in his diet Mr. Briggs will eat whey protein, which is a powder he can just add to his drinks. 

According to Peta’s webpage, “Producing just one hamburger uses enough fossil fuel to drive a small car 20 miles. Of all raw materials and fossil fuels used in the U.S., more than one-third are devoted to raising animals for food.” This is why cutting one day of meat, a week, can make such a huge difference. “About 260 million acres of U.S. forest have been cleared to create cropland to produce feed for animals raised for food. The meat industry is directly responsible for 85 percent of all soil erosion in the U.S.” according to Peta’s webpage. Processed meat is making a huge impact on the environment. There are simple ways to help reduce this footprint as Samuel Padilla talks about. “This is a movement going on, I didn’t start it, Skyler didn’t start it. It is to bring awareness. Not everyone can go vegan or vegetarian, but we can give up meat once a week.”

Witnesses like Emma Schmitz talked about how it might be hard to do this challenge. One example she gave was how she does not preplan what she is going to eat. She stated, “I can see a lot of people jumping on the bandwagon and this becoming a bigger trend.” Does she think this will change the world, no, but it makes her more conscious about the meat she eats and doesn’t eat. 

“Never half-ass two things, whole ass whole one thing,” Skyler Briggs mentioned when talking about it. He is a man that when he sets his mind to something he always accomplishes his goals. Mr.Briggs and Mr. Pidilla are trying to save this earth one meatless Monday at a time by bringing awreness to a great movement.

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