Celebrating the founding of The Vegan Society in 1994 and every year since, November 1st has been marked as World Vegan Day, to kick start November as World Vegan Month. The benefits of a vegan lifestyle for humans, animals and the planet are celebrated in numerous ways around the globe through activities such as stalls, potlucks, memorial tree planting and people sharing recipes and advice. With now over 3.5 million vegans in the UK, more people than ever are adopting a plant-based lifestyle and we wanted to hear from YOU about being Vegan means…
Sally M Donald
Being vegan means having respect and compassion for all living beings, and making conscious and sustainable decisions as far as possible.
Although not a vegan myself, to me, being vegan means embracing a way of life that is more sustainable, more environmentally friendly and more caring. Being vegan is not just a diet. It is a lifestyle choice that one can practice in the food they eat, the clothes they wear, the toiletries they use, among many others. I think we can all embrace veganism, even if we cannot commit 100%. If every person made one long-term change on World Vegan Day, we would all be contributing to a better future for ourselves and those who will come after us.
Being Vegan to me means to live life causing as little harm as possible to everyone and everything. It is is to protect our planet and all its inhabitants. It is to choose mindfully, to nourish my body with plant-based goodness and to encourage others to see the wealth of benefits of a vegan lifestyle.
For me, being vegan means being authentic to myself and living a life that as compassionate to others as possible, especially those who can’t speak out for themselves.
Anna Mai Roberts
Being vegan to me means treating all beings equally with compassion and respect. It’s also living consciously and sustainably while celebrating the abundance of delicious plant based food.
To find out more about World Vegan Day and the Vegan Society, take a look at their website.