We started this vegan challenge not because it's fancy. Not because we want to be different. Underneath it all, it's really hard but if there is something that can be done to save the environment then we want to be active actors in this scene.
I remember - when I was a kid - environmentalists speaking about the climate change. I remember long biology class at high school talking about the amazon forest and the impact of the animal agriculture. I also remember people at school thinking that environmentalist were 'hippies', crazy people who exaggerate, who don't really see reality for what it is. I lived my first part of my life believing that. Laughing at those in my life who were supporting some theories, getting emotional when watching documentaries about the climate change but really not taking any action. Not even recycling was a priority in those years. Or using less water or switching off the light. I would take the car for anything. As an ordinary human being I had been thinking that even if the climate changes it won't affect my generation.
Then, years pass and the climate change is before my own eyes. When I was a kid, I remember we had snow every year outside my house - 1 metre sometimes. I grew up spending my time on the snow skiing where now the main ski station has been closed and nobody has seen snow for at least 4-5 years.
I think about the people who will come after us and about the fact that they won't be able to really understand what snow is. You may say, well that's normal, ages ago nobody knew what the iPhone was. But it's not the same thing!
What I don't understand and I address it to myself too is how have we became so numb. How come we are not involved in these discussions. How come we transformed this issue to something that doesn't really concern us. How come we don't deal with this issue, every day, as if it's our own issue, because, guess what? It is!
So, when people sarcastically smile at me when I say that I have been trying to dramatically change my diet because of a 'mainstream' movie, I say yes, I have. It's tough and I have so many good reasons I would like to stop! First of all because I love the animal products like cheese! Second, because it's hard to cook every day 3 dishes and make sure that no animal product is there. But it's also extremely inspiring knowing that I am doing this for a much bigger picture than just my own life and taste. I don't know how it's going to be. I don't know if I will keep my word for the month and if so maybe I will stop forever. What I know is that my commitment to the environment issue is big and the more I learn about it and get interested in it I feel the need to do something and share my passion for it and inspire others to do the same.