2025, The Year the world COULD be vegan, or sooner.
The world could be vegan by 2025 believe it or not. This is actually a conservative estimate, it could be much sooner. This is the entire world, not just a few million more.
I know, I know, I sound like a madman, but hear me out? There is logic to what I want to share here and I don’t feel like this is just some idealistic worldview of mine.
If you believe that you can educate someone and persuade them to give veganism a try, just one person, in a whole year, then you agree with what I’m about to say.
7 Years, is a conservative timeframe with which the world can be vegan, here’s how.
(We’ll take the UK for example)
According to the BBC (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-44488051), as of 2016, there are 540,000 vegans in Great Britain. This is 2016, it’s 2018 now, and veganism has skyrocketed in the last 2-3 years. If that number is accurate, we’re well past that. Just check out the number of people who took part in veganuary over the last couple years (2017-2018), it’s something close to 200,000, with 80% of participants reporting they will stick with it. Then you’ve got the people who didn’t even take part in veganuary, but are going vegan anyway. We’ll stick with the 540k figure though…
If every vegan committed to working with one person each year, to educate, answer any questions, help with recipes, provide advice and mental/social support. To help them go vegan, and more importantly, stay vegan. Each year, one person for each vegan. Each year the population of vegans doubles.
Current UK Population (14/12/2018): 66 Million
Just one person per year, that’s all it could take. You can repeat this all over the world and likely you’d get a similar result. It is possible that we could see a vegan world. Just think what would happen if the UK stopped importing or exporting animal products because nobody is buying or producing them.
You can argue that this might work in the UK and the US, but what about places like India, Vietnam, Morocco etc. Much of what you’ll see in supermarkets is often brands which you’ll see all over the country/world. Kraft for example, or Nestle. What do you think will happen if the US and UK market is shut off to them? They will change their product lines to be vegan, to meet demand. That’s how all of this works, supply and demand. Decrease the demand for animal products, increase it for vegan products, the supply matches the demand. They only make dairy products because we buy them.
So 7 years… That is within our reach.
Just think how loud we are as vegans, how much noise our social media posts make, how much impact we have on the streets when we’re active. The more vegans there are, the higher the demand for vegan products, the quicker the movement snowballs. We’ve seen companies which have been in the dairy industry for almost a century make the switch: https://www.riseofthevegan.com/blog/dairy-company-ditches-cow-milk-and-switches-to-plant-milk
It’s a lifestyle that makes HUGE impact. It’s not the same as any other lifestyle change. Each person who goes vegan and starts talking about it influences not only the people in their social circle and on their social networks, but the friends and colleagues of anyone who sees that message (potentially).
Let’s say I’m a non vegan, who really hates vegans, and I see one of my facebook friends share a vegan friendly article or video. Maybe I rant about it to my friends, and maybe they agree with my view. But what if they don’t? What if they’ve never heard of veganism and are open minded enough to educate themselves? What if they bring it up to their friends? It ripples out, snowballs, spreads like wildfire.
Though all of that will happen along side the one person a year you work with to help with veganism. That’s why I say it could be quicker. You’re directly working with someone to help them out, but what about the people who see your posts and then without talking to you, go and educate themselves and go vegan anyway. Then if they do what you’re doing and help one person a year, it all just multiplies. I’m not even going to talk about how much quicker animal protection laws would be put in place as there are more vegans available to put pressure on our governments. Or if our government was a vegan one, the pressure it would put on other governments to tighten their regulations. If that happened, all of this would go even quicker.
… and as I’ve already said, it doesn’t have to just be one person. It could be two or three. If you have the time and are committed, you might achieve far more.
I’m aware there could be problems with what I’ve suggested in terms of applying it to the real world outside of theory, but I really do believe that’s possible, if everyone was to do what I’m suggesting. I’d like to hear your thoughts on what’s been said though. Is there a fatal flaw behind what I’ve said? Let me know!