To be climatarian is to think about the environmental impacts of every meal. To know and understand that different foods in particular meat have different carbon footprints. A climatarian will eat less meat overall and more plant-based meals and will only consume red meat on very rare occasions.
Each one of us that identifies as climatarian has come to this lifestyle choice in different ways. Some of us learnt about the impacts of animal agriculture through the Meatless Monday campaign, some from vegan bloggers on Instagram and some saw the movie Cowspiracy or learnt about it at university. What we have in common is that when we learnt of the impacts of animal agriculture we all instantly threw our hands up and cried that’s not OK, we can do things differently. By cutting back on the way we currently gorge on meat and dairy in Australia we can cut back on the demand. Fewer cattle mean a cleaner more sustainable food future for us and a safer environment to live in.
Each one of us on our journey to becoming climatarians have encountered learning curves, discovered new exciting foods and got creative in the kitchen. My favourite climatarian meal is a good old vege burger, it’s a classic and it’s available at almost any corner take-out shop. Although most trendy Melbourne burger joints get creative with the vege burger and you’ll never be eating the same boring thing twice. Some of my favourites include a Portobello mushroom pattie with rocket and blue cheese or the smoked tofu and crispy quinoa burger pattie with aioli on a brioche bun. Another feast is a black bean burger with guacamole and hot sauce! The list goes on…
When you begin to eat more climatarian foods you are constantly encouraged to open up and try new things to see what works best for you. Taking veggie sausages to a BBQ is a real conversation starter with people. Most people don’t know that different meat options have different carbon footprints and that veggie or chicken meat is a great BBQ option with a low carbon footprint. Climatarians love getting creative in the kitchen too, we regularly post new recipe ideas on our Facebook and Instagram page. Please join our online communities where you can find support and ideas for different climatarian delights that you can try out.
We feel that our new diet has given us a great appreciation for the food systems in Australia. When you better understand the carbon and water footprint of our food we can make wiser purchasing decisions. By shopping local and in season and sourcing meat from organic farmers who go the extra mile to take care of the land, we are choosing a food system that is fair and sustainable for our future.
Being climatarian empowers me to know that my individual everyday actions are influential and can be the cause for change. Some people feel that we will be waiting forever for politicians to commit to real action on international climate policy. Eating a climatarian diet is taking action and expressing that we as consumers won’t stand for animal agriculture emissions to be swept under the rug.
Now I know I can be a part of global change and you too can choose to be the change that you want to see in the world.