From the Files of an Eco-Conscious Vegan

Forward on Climate Rally

Hi! My name is Emily Adler, and I am interning at The Green Life this summer. I just finished my freshman year at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where I’ve been pursuing my interests in environmental science and chemistry. I’ve lived in Needham, Massachusetts my whole life, where I’ve developed a passion for both animals and the environment. As a young animal lover, I took daily walks around the block visiting the neighborhood cats. Although I’ve never had a pet, I’ve harnessed my love of animals through volunteering at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah and Save A Dog in Sudbury, Massachusetts. These experiences eventually led me to become vegan last year.

After having been vegetarian for just a few months, I had a moral dilemma – whether to eat cheese containing animal-based enzymes. After asking a vegetarian friend what she thought, she responded that the only way to be stress-free about consuming trace animal products is to become vegan. After educating myself on veganism through several books and movies, the choice was clear. I made the leap and never looked back.

My proclivity to help animals steered me in the direction of helping the environment as well. Through my experiences at summer camp in the woods of Maine, I began to appreciate the outdoors. From hiking mountains to canoeing rivers, I grew to love the sense of peace I felt in nature. My favorite feeling is when the day just flies by without ever looking at a clock. After my last summer at camp, I realized we have a global responsibility to keep nature this enjoyable.

When I signed up for my freshman seminar about the environment and human values, I had no idea that I would become so invested in sustainability. I was aware of climate change, of course, but there were so many other aspects of the environment to be conscious of that I never knew existed. I began to realize that there are so many small changes that we can make to keep the Earth livable for as long as we can. I believe that we shouldn’t leave the responsibility of a more sustainable future up to corporations and the government. The choices we make every day are important contributions towards a greener future, and I am passionate on making sure others are aware of this.

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