By Dawn A. Byford, ESRAG Plant-Rich Diet Task Force

Sustainability is a key concept in today’s world, encompassing practices that preserve the environment for future generations of all species. Transitioning to a plant-rich diet is a powerful way to contribute to sustainability. But some big questions arise: Where do we start? More importantly, how do we sustain this lifestyle shift? How do we ensure it strengthens our relationships and keeps us motivated and engaged? Also, how do we find a supportive community if our loved ones are not as enthusiastic about this journey as we are? This is a challenge that can arise with any lifestyle shift.

Lifestyle changes are much more achievable and FUN with others, so we invite you to watch this 4-minute video: P.L.A.T.E – 5 Tips to Guarantee Enjoyment and Success on Your Plant-Rich Journey. Don’t worry about jotting down notes — we’ve done it for you!

Food must be delicious to satisfy us, but it also plays a crucial role in connecting with others in fellowship. We see how important that is for Rotarians as we gather at club meetings all over the world. Try adding more plant-based options to your weekly meeting menus, or maybe you’re excited to organize a plant-rich event for your club. Here’s some great tips on Organizing a Plant-based Rotary Event: The Beginning of a New Tradition.

Small consistent behaviours add up to big positive changes over time, especially regarding plant-rich eating. Be patient and kind with yourself on this journey, and soon you will look back and see how truly impactful these actions can be, both for your health, and the health of our precious planet. The power is on your plate — one meal at a time. 

Have questions or feedback? Need some recipes? Want to join us? We’re here to help. Visit our webpage, or contact us at Eat plants, plant trees! 

Dawn Byford is a member of the Rotary Club of Canmore, Canada and an Operation Pollination Ambassador.