Research shows Veganuary participants saved over 100,000 tonnes of CO2

Read Time:   |  2nd December 2020

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Veganuary kick off their 2021 campaign with Harvard research showing the huge amount of CO2 and water past participants have saved.


Veganuary, the global pledge to try vegan for the 31 days of January is kicking off their 2021 campaign with some exciting research from Harvard University.

Dr Helen Harwatt from Harvard has compiled the collected impact of past Veganuary participants. Her incredible findings include:

  • 103,840 tonnes of carbon dioxide saved, equivalent to driving around the world almost 15,000 times
  • 6.2 million litres of water saved, the same as flushing the toilet almost half a million times
  • Over 3.4 million animals saved

These huge figures show that there is hope for tackling the catastrophic climate crisis we are currently facing if we all work together.  After such a disastrous year, 2021 really is the time for positive action, and Veganuary is urging everyone to grasp this opportunity to save our futures.

Having just celebrated one million sign-ups since its inception in 2014, Veganuary is gearing up for a huge 2021.


‘We can emerge from this’

In a statement sent to Vegan Food and Living, Chris Packham, environmentalist and Veganuary Ambassador said: Trashing the planet does none of us any good, as the coronavirus pandemic shows all too clearly. But we can emerge from this stronger and wiser, with a renewed commitment to protecting the environment, its inhabitants and our own futures.

“Being vegan is a great way to support the natural world and to live sustainably.”

‘We are harming ourselves too’

Fellow Veganuary Ambassador Evanna Lynch agrees, saying: Most emerging infectious diseases come from animals. So when we cut down their habitats, cram them into factory farms, or imprison them in cages on fur farms, we are not only causing terrible harm to those we share the planet with, we are harming ourselves, too.

“The good news is we can change our relationship with animals and taking part in Veganuary 2021 is a great place to start.”

Over 400,000 people from 192 countries took part in Veganuary 2020. This year, the goal is to hit 500,000 global sign-ups – let’s do this!

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