Reading Time: 2 minutes 'We’d like to encourage you to go one step further (for our planet!) by going vegan for Lent instead' Credit: Ståle Grut / NRKbeta
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Politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, aka AOC, is being urged to go plant-based after ditching meat for lent.

The US Representative for New York’s 14th congressional district told her 12.4 million Twitter followers she’s adopting a vegetarian diet during the religious observance.

No meat for Lent

“A few weeks ago I told Rep. Jamie Raskin’ that this year I wanted to adopt a vegetarian diet for Lent in memory of his son Tommy,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote.

“Jamie said ‘well you’d have to do it the way Tommy would, which means bring people along with you!'”

‘Ok everyone, I need help!’

“So, I have 3 requests. Does anyone want to join me? Rules are 1) No judgment. Make it your own (you can go full 40 days, just veggie Mondays, etc. Be inclusive (no need to observe Lent to join).

“2. Please comment w your favorite veggie recipes below! I would like to avoid 40 days of Easy Mac.

“3. If neither of the above applies but you are in a position to give or help others in this time, please consider doing so in the spirit of Tommy.”

‘Go plant-based’

Moreover, hundreds of social media users replied to AOC – urging her to cut out all animal products from her diet and ‘go plant-based’.

Million Dollar Vegan is a global nonprofit. It said: “We’d like to encourage you to go one step further (for our planet!) by going vegan for Lent instead. We’ll donate 1000 plant-based meals to the community of your choice if you do!”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Back in 2019, AOC attended a school assembly in Queens, New York, to discuss the climate crisis.

When asked by a student what they can do to personally ‘combat’ climate change, the politician replied: “Skip disposable razors and switch to safety razors .

“Give your tummy a break! Skip meat/dairy for a meal. The easiest breakfast, I do [is] banana and peanut butter.”

You can follow AOC on Twitter here

Liam Gilliver

Liam is the Deputy Editor and Social Media Coordinator for Plant Based News. He has written for a number of top publications including Gay Times, Attitude Magazine, Oh Comely, and The Huffington Post - and is the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.