What Can You Do to Save 219,000 Gallons of Water a Year?

Published by Michelle Kretzer.

How did you mark World Water Day? One PETA model spent it naked on the streets of Miami, showering behind a strategically placed curtain that read, “Clean Your Conscience: Go Vegan! 1 lb. of Meat Equals 6 Months of Showers.”

World Water Day demo 2016

The eco-conscious cutie let people know that going vegan is the best way to save water, go “green,” and, of course, help animals. And get this: One person who goes vegan can save approximately 219,000 gallons of water a year.

World Water Day demo 2016

It takes 1,000 gallons of water to produce just one gallon of milk, and beef has an overall water footprint of roughly 4 million gallons per ton. By contrast, the water footprint of vegetables is about 85,000 gallons per ton.

World Water Day demo 2016

And runoff from factory farms and livestock grazing is also one of the leading causes of river and lake pollution—and it can contaminate groundwater with viruses and bacteria.

World Water Day demo 2016

So how should we honor World Water Day and protect this precious resource all year round? The answer is as clear as, well, water.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind