Although veganism has grown in popularity over the last few years, lots of people struggle to give up meat.
The good news is there is still the opportunity to play your part in protecting animals by getting involved in Meatfree Mondays.
For all those wondering whether not eating meat for one day a week will really make a difference, the answer is ‘yes’.
Eating less meat can reduce greenhouse gas emissions; it protects land, water and energy; lowers global heating; and, of course, limits animal suffering.
It can also relieve world hunger (by using crops to feed humans instead of lifestock), protects biodiversity and provides immense health benefits, such as lowering the risk of heart disease and strokes.
An Oxford University study also revealed it could save the NHS £1.2 billion a year.
By avoiding meat a day a week for just one year, 789.25 bathtubs of water can be saved; 54.27 fish will still be in the wild; 608.62 square metres of marine reserve will be created; and almost three tennis courts of forests can be preserved.
Additionally, 434.36 miles of greenhouse gases can be avoided; two hungry people can be fed; 3.55 chickens can be rescued; and you can add 1.67 days to your lifespan.
According to Monday Campaigns, avoiding beef every Monday for one year can save enough fuel for a car to travel 348 miles.
Another way to do your bit for the environment is to use animal-free skin and hair care products. Swapping usual toiletries for these will enable people to do even more for climate change.
To find more animal-friendly bodycare products, take a look here.