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Veganuary participants have all together saved more than 100,000 tones of CO2-Eq, according to new data.

Dr. Helen Harwatt is a researcher from Harvard University’s Animal Law and Policy. She studied the impact the month-long vegan pledge has on the environment as a collective. 

Harwatt states the initiative has also saved 405 tonnes of PO43-eq (eutrophication) – the same as 1,645 tonnes of sewage. Moreover, 6.2 million liters of water have been saved. This is the equivalent of flushing the toilet almost half a million times

According to the Vegan Society’s calculations, Veganuary participants have saved more than 3.4 million animals.

‘Reshape the future’

Veganuary said: “These figures offer hope that together we can tackle the two biggest threats currently facing us: catastrophic climate breakdown and a global pandemic. Both [are] heavily linked to our consumption of animal products.

“2021 is the year for positive action and Veganuary is urging everyone to embrace this opportunity to reshape the future.”

Veganuary participants 

Earlier year this year it was announced that more than one million people had officially signed-up for Veganuary. 

The global initiative, which calls on people ‘to try vegan’ for 31 days, had its first outing in 2014. Husband-and-wife team Matthew Glover and Jane Land created Veganuary together, whilst sitting at their kitchen table.

Since then, it has made newspaper and T.V headlines around the world. It has appeared in publications such as the Times, the New Scientist, and the Washington Post. Others include New York Times, and South China Morning Post

Over the years, sign-ups have surged from 3,300 in 2014 to 400,300 signing up in 2020. Celebrity supporters such as Joaquin Phoenix, Romesh Ranganathan, and Paul McCartney have encouraged people to take part.

You can take the Veganuary pledge 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'.