One of the many reasons I don't eat meat is the environmental toll the meat industry has on the planet. Hopefully other concerned environmentalists will consider vegetarianism, not only for personal health, but for the health of the earth. PETA claims that each year you are a vegetarian you save 100 animals. Hmmmm. That would mean that I have saved 1900 animals. I'm not sure about those figures, but they have a good idea with their "Meat's Not Green" week.
From Peta's website...
Help reduce climate change during PETA's first-ever "Meat's Not Green" week! A United Nations report found that the meat industry is responsible for producing more greenhouse-gas emissions than all the cars, trucks, planes, and ships in the world combined. These greenhouse gases cause climate change, which studies show will increasingly lead to devastating disasters—like droughts, floods, hurricanes, rising sea levels, and disease outbreaks—unless we drastically reduce the amounts emitted into the atmosphere. One of the most effective ways that you can help reduce greenhouse-gas emissions—and help reduce pollution and habitat destruction too—is by switching to a vegetarian diet. Celebrate "Meat's Not Green" week by pledging to try a vegetarian diet for 30 days. In addition to helping the environment, your change to a vegetarian diet will save 100 animals each year that you stick with it.
By taking the Pledge to Be Veg for 30 Days, you will be helping animals and the environment.