I am 2 years vegan today!….it’s my ‘vegaversary’.

Since becoming vegan I have saved the planet 3,039,686 litres of water, 14,901 kilograms of grain, 2,035 meters of forest, 6,622 kilograms of C02 and 730 animal lives. Hello my name’s Luc Scadden, I am 28 years old, I have grown up with Sunny Days and I am now very proud to work with my family business.

Livestock and their by products account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, or 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.

Goodland, R Anhang, J. “Livestock and Climate Change: What if the key actors in climate change were pigs, chickens and cows?” WorldWatch. November/December 2009

Methane has a global warming potential 86 times that of CO2 on a 20 year time frame.

Shindell, Drew T, et al. “Improved Attribution of Climate Forcing to Emissions”. Science. 326, 716 (2009)

After spending 26 years of my life being an omnivore and consuming meat and dairy to borderline carnivore proportions, one day I decided to be curious and watch an intense, hard-hitting documentary called ‘Cowspiracy’. The documentary really shook me and right there and then, in that moment, I decided to become vegan. Having made the decision, I raided the fridge and cupboards, disposed of all my animal products and I took to Instagram for recipe inspiration. With lots of trial and error on recipes and further research into the lifestyle change, I began to feel the physical benefits in a matter of days. I had unfathomable amount of energy, my skin felt smooth and clear, I felt fitter and stronger, but most importantly I had an all-new refreshing outlook on life and the planet we live in.

In the following 3 months I lost 4 stone in weight…

Flying my little flag
Flying my little flag

For the first time, I had a fresh perspective on the direct impact I can have on the planet. Yes, I knew all the standard helpful tips to live an eco-sustainable lifestyle such as reduce your plastic usage and use a re-useable cup, reduce your cardon footprint by car sharing or taking the bus and be sure to reduce single use materials by recycling! But little did I know all this time, the single most impactful change you can make to have a direct impact on saving this planet is by changing your diet!

“Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is a primary driver of rainforest destruc tion, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged.”

https://www.cowspiracy.com/about

I do not profess to know everything there is to know about health, animal welfare or climate change and therefore do not engage in debate about veganism – I do not want to be caught out as mis-informed, but also do not wish to spend my life arguing with people. I also very rarely post on social media advocating a vegan lifestyle as I do not wish to invite internet trolls. I was asked to write a blog about my journey, so here I am keyboard bashing away. Knowing my past as an omnivore allows me to be humble and not judge others for their lifestyle choices particularly as so many people are so unaware. Having said all this, I have found my journey to becoming a vegan incredibly rewarding and I do not allow haters to deter me from my lifestyle. Knowing that I am doing my best to protect the planet for future generations, leaves me with the best feeling of freedom, living life free of guilt. I will always recommend that people at least try to be vegan once, an ideal pathway would be Veganuary.

“The environment can also be the magical culture they have created together as human beings”

I believe the hard work carried out by the Sunny Days team in Bridport to be an eco-school is outstanding, as I have found, going against the majority is not easy. I have visited the nursery and witnessed their successful project firsthand – from a plastic free play area to sustainable ways of washing, the staff and children harmoniously play together in a beautiful eco-friendly environment. When I say environment, I mean more than just the walls, windows, and doors. The environment can also be the magical culture they have created together as human beings. They are all there for each other in a shared goal of endless learning and fun while also preserving the same space they live in. Bridport has something worth protecting and I look forward to seeing it flourish and evolve for years to come.

The way in which the team have decided to engage the children in the project and develop their learning in so many ways is genius. Their litter picking trips in the local area that they have been undertaking for the last year or so allow the children to develop well by getting physical development, understanding the world, there are plenty of maths learning opportunities and the list goes on. In the early years foundation stages, learning is all about preparing your child for school readiness, this is very relevant as they touch on so many areas of development on these trips and I can imagine some parents are able to witness their child achieving these learning intentions through our parent zone app.

Further to all of this you may have noticed the occasional vegan meal creeping on to the children’s menu…

At Sunny Days I’m proud to say we are very much inclusive of all food allergies and preferences which includes the opportunity to have vegan food every day of the week if one wishes. I am very fortunate to have tried a lot of this vegan food which is fantastic! Sarah and Kevin our chefs have made amazing strides to create fresh, organic, healthy foods every day on our Dorchester and Bridport sites.

Why not try a vegan meal with your child? I would recommend getting on Instagram as the simplest recipes can be found on there without all the exotic ingredients. My favourite account to search for inspiration is @elavegan who is a German food blogger, she creates delicious recipes that are always very simple to make.

Thank you for reading, I hope you can be open minded to understand that everyone is different 🙂

For those that are even more intrigued to learn more about veganism I would recommend the documentaries below:

  • Cowspiracy
  • What the health
  • Seaspiracy
  • Game changers
  • Earthlings
  • Supersize me 2
  • The invisible vegan
  • Vegucated