Published 24 April 2016 ● Last Updated on 1 October 2020
Our guest blogger today is Michael Broadhead, an IB Chemistry teacher at the Canadian International School, Lakeside campus in Singapore. But that barely begins to define the world of information he communicates to the world in his life as an eco-warrior.
Team Secondsguru first met him when he was conceptualizing and putting together the very first Earth Festival in Singapore in September 2015. A first-of-its-kind in our city, the event was created to encourage community-based sustainable and green living. It was a roaring success and was followed by the world’s first crowd-sourced film festival, the Earth Film Fest 2016, running April 17 – 24 with over 250 participants in our tiny red dot.
Michael is also behind the open source carbon estimator which was launched on Earth Day 2016. Try the calculator out, makes you want to re-think of some key but simple life choices.
In addition , Michael has been Vegan for over 6 years and is an Exco member of the Vegetarian Society of Singapore. In his article below, he raises some pertinent points about the food choices we make in our daily life. He leaves our readers to decide how green can they be in their eating habits- realistically! We do not know how he manages to wear so many hats- clearly he gets extra hours in the day from mother Earth for all that he is giving back!
In his own words,
Around Earth Day (celebrated globally on April 22) we start wondering: what is the most effective daily change we can make to help the environment? The answer, according to me, is simple: cut back on meat and dairy as much as you can. In this post we explore how change really is on your plate.
When we choose to eat meat, we choose to support a system that is very destructive to the planet. When we choose to eat more plant-based diets, our carbon, land and water footprints decrease significantly. While vegan diets are the most sustainable, cutting back on meat and dairy consumption are also very effective. For example, skipping one burger saves enough energy to charge your phone for 4.5 years! That’s how impactful meat reduction is! We suggest starting by looking at the food spectrum in this article and seeing where you are now and then setting one realistic goal for yourself to start with.
In Singapore we have resources on the Animal Allies website to help you meet your goal! From vegan ice-cream to burgers and pizza – there are more sustainable versions of your favorite foods here in Singapore! In fact, Singapore started the world’s first international vegan fast food chain: VeganBurg! Other chains like Subway, Soup Spoon and Cedele also have vegetarian and vegan options. Bookstores, websites and the library have lots of incredible vegan recipes from the world’s most experimental chefs. Plus websites and apps like Happy Cow make it easy to find vegetarian and vegan options.
So what are you waiting for? Saving the planet is delicious!
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