National Vegetarian Week: 30 Ways You Can Make A Difference

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National Vegetarian Week 2015

What will you be doing for National Vegetarian Week?

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

You may or may not be aware that this week beginning the 18th May 2015 is National Vegetarian Week.

I know, I know… It’s now Wednesday and I’m a little bit behind, but better late than never eh!?

So what is National Vegetarian week all about?

In my eyes it’s all about raising awareness and spreading the message of vegetarian living.

It’s about gently showing those who are receptive that we could probably all benefit a little by including more plants in our lives. Whether we’re coming from a health perspective, an environmental outlook, or from an ethical point of view.

What National Vegetarian Week is not about is shaming people. It’s not about taking the high road or making people feel bad about their habits. That doesn’t really get us anywhere…

I know that many of you readers fall somewhere on the vegetarian spectrum, whether it’s fully vegan or just a little plant curious.

You may be wondering how you can get involved with National Vegetarian Week, so you can do your bit for the movement, however big or small.

With that in mind, I thought I would collect together a few ideas that you could run with. Everyone has different personalities and different talents, so take what resonates with you, and go for it.

Let me know in the comments section below what you’ll be doing this week, or hit me up on Twitter.


A Quick Video

If you’re more of a video person, I put together a really short YouTube clip summarising the main points of this post. Feel free to skip down for the written article, which includes a load of links to useful resources.

 

 

30 Ideas for National Vegetarian Week

1. If you haven’t already, cut out the animal products for a week, and pick up the plants instead. Here are a few recipe ideas to get you started.

2. Share your favourite veggie recipes with your friends and on social media using the hash tag #nvw15

3. Chat to your loved ones about vegetarianism, but remember to meet people where they’re at. Don’t be too preachy. Veggie/veganism is all about compassion, and that means compassion towards all living beings.

4. Organise a potluck with friends, family or even work colleagues, where everyone can bring a veggie dish to share.

5. Support your local grocery store or market rather than shopping at the supermarket.

6. Visit a veggie/vegan convention near you. If you’re UK based, VegFest is heading to Bristol this weekend. I went last year, and it was awesome. Great food, and great people.

7. Post National Vegetarian Week flyers in shop windows and in your workplace.

8. Eat out a local veggie restaurant. Happy Cow is useful for finding ones near you.

9. Organise a taste-testing event, showcasing a variety of different vegan and vegetarian meals. Maybe hook up with a local veggie restaurant to do this.

10. Hold a community meet up where you can share ideas and recipes.

11. Organise a community veggie bake off competition. Everyone loves a bake off!

12. Ask if your workplace or school could serve more veggie/vegan options during this week.

13. Bring delicious vegan or vegetarian food into your school or workplace and share with others.

14. Share with someone close to you your favourite vegetarian/vegan book. You can get mine here if you like. Some of my other favourites include Eat to Live, Finding Ultra and 80-10-10.

15. Invite a veggie/vegan figure to give a talk to your local community about the benefits of this lifestyle.

16. Hold a discussion with your school classmates on vegetarian issues.

17. Be conscious of your other purchases aside from food. Maybe forgo leather and wool for the week, or any products containing tallow or gelatine.

18. Get clued up. Watch a few documentaries – I suggest starting with Cowspiracy, Forks Over Knives, and Earthlings (if you’re feeling brave)

19. Organise a local viewing of one of the above documentaries with your community.

20. Write an article on your own blog or post a video about National Vegetarian Week.

21. Donate to a veggie/vegan charity: Vegetarian Society, Vegan Society, TeenVGN, PETA.

22. Organise a charity event (maybe a sponsored run or walk) and donate to one of the above charities.

23. Join a No Meat Athlete running group. Check out ones near you.

24. Volunteer your time to help out at a local animal rescue centre or sanctuary. Or just helping out anyone who needs it – perhaps a homeless shelter or orphanage.

25. Check out a few different veggie vegan blogs. Some of my favourites: Southern Blonde Vegan, No Meat Athlete, and Don’t Lose The Cow.

26. Check out some veggie/vegan podcasts. One of my favourites is the Rich Roll Podcast. No Meat Athlete Radio is also great.

27. Wear a t-shirt. If that’s your kind of thing.

28. Add a non judgemental, vegan friendly signature to your email (courtesy of Vegan.com)

29. Just do your thing. Lead by example. Be a healthy, friendly, non-judgemental, generous person. Others will likely look up to you and want to follow in your footsteps.

30. Share this blog post or video on Twitter and Facebook! Spread the word!

 


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Luke Jones
Luke Jones is a mover, blogger and wellness enthusiast. He spends his time exploring and sharing ideas in mindful movement, healthy living and adventure.

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