Join the Fun with VegWeek 2016!

With Earth Day approaching on April 22, it should be no surprise that it is preceded by a national event aimed to focus awareness on the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle.

There are 52 weeks in a year. Why not make one of them meat-free? That’s the idea behind VegWeek, a nationwide (and increasingly international) campaign empowering thousands of people—including federal, state, and local representatives—to pledge to choose vegetarian foods for at least seven days as a way to discover the many benefits and flavors of vegetarian eating.
Compassion Over Killing first launched VegWeek in 2009 with inspiration from Maryland Senator Jamie Raskin who commented during a media interview that a simple way each of us could help the protect the planet is to choose vegetarian foods at least one week out of the year. Since Sen. Raskin represents the Maryland District where COK is based, we reached out to him about his idea, and together we created the first-ever Takoma Park VegWeek celebration — and he was the first person to officially sign up for our 7-day Veg Pledge!
Energized by his now mostly vegetarian diet, which he refers to as “aligning my morals with my menu,” Sen. Raskin continues to encourage others to make kinder, greener, and healthier food choices — and he’s helped VegWeek expand to reach thousands of people nationwide.
Sen. Raskin is in good company. Millions of Americans, including former President Bill Clinton, Jessica Chastain, Miley Cyrus, and John Salley are touting the many benefits of choosing more plant-based meals. In fact, according to the US Dept. of Agriculture, meat consumption nationwide has decreased 12% since 2007.

Click here to take the 7-Day VegPledge!

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