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A shift towards environmental vegetarianism

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Carly Lundry
Carly Lundry shows her passion for going meat-free to protect the environment.

As environmental concerns grow in prevalence, people have turned to vegetarianism as a way to make individual contributions to the planet.

Reports of a changing planet have pushed many people toward environmental activism. This shift is most visible in the many young activists leading the climate activism charge. People like Greta Thunberg have made their voices heard on the matter. Making radical changes to one’s lifestyle has worked for some, but many others have searched for ways to make a small impact in their daily lives. 

Vegetarianism has become popular for a variety of reasons including its part in many fad diets and the movement to end animal cruelty. This way of eating can also benefit the environment. Senior Olivia Marchiori is a vegan and is encouraged to continue her animal product free diet because of the effects of the meat industry on the environment. “It only increases my motivation to not eat meat,” she said.

Marchiori thinks more youth will begin to follow a plant-based diet as they learn more about the current environmental issues. “As the world starts to notice the environment’s decline I can see more of my friends becoming non meat-eaters,” she said. “When videos about the milk and meat industries are spread it encourages more students to go vegan or vegetarian.”

The environmental effects of these industries are significant. The livestock industry produces large amounts of many gases, including carbon dioxide: a large contributor to global warming. A United Nations report attributed more greenhouse gas production to the livestock industry than to every car and truck combined. Vegetarianism could make a difference.

Marchiori thinks the power of youth to create change can be used to combat these problems. “I think we are arguably the most important factor. Like other epidemics, how we react and make changes to fix the issue sets a tone for other generations,” she said. The decision to eat meat or not is an individual one, but many young activists are using their diet to benefit their planet.

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Taylor English
Taylor English, Copy Editor
Taylor English is a senior at Pleasant Valley who in addition to having been a diligent student throughout her time at Pleasant Valley, has also been involved in the band as an alto saxophone and spent much of her time rowing for the Y Quad City Rowing Team. Her long-time membership of this championship-winning crew has given her the opportunity to travel around the world for competitions. Similar to her Older Brother Justin who rows at Georgetown, Taylor plans to continue rowing in college as it gives her the chance to “challenge herself and compete”. In her free time, you may catch her painting or getting coffee with friends. Taylor is looking forward to her senior year and the chance to contribute to the running of the online Spartan Shield as a copy editor.
Carly Lundry
Carly Lundry, Editor in Chief
Carly Lundry is currently 18 years old and a senior at Pleasant Valley High School. When she is not dedicating her time to academics, Lundry enjoys swimming for our high school team and club. Lundry is also apart of the extremely successful Pleasant Valley Softball team. Lundry enjoys reading and has dedicated herself to her academic career all throughout high school. Lundry also enjoys general exercise in her free time. Outside of her busy schedule Lundry enjoys analyzing politics and current events. Lundry looks forward to being involved in politics and having the ability to vote in the next election. Lundry has found a passion of hers is the environment; she is a vegan as apart of her lifestyle. Being vegan is a part of Lundry’s dedication to reversing climate change. Due to this dedication, Lundry intends on pursuing a career where she can study nutrition and dietetics. After high school, Lundry intends on attending a big school to continue her education. She also enjoys yoga, cooking, and teaching swim lessons.  
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