In order to thrive post-COVID, we must learn from our mistakes that started COVID.
Animal exploitation by humans. The CDC warns that three out of four new or emerging infectious diseases in people come from animals. HIV started because of humans eating chimpanzees and the recent ebola outbreak started because of people eating bats. BSE and the human equivalent vCJD is believed to have started in the UK because farmers were feeding dead infected cattle back to cattle, forcing them to cannibalise, and an ancestral strain of swine flu was traced back to a pig farm in North Carolina. Others include: mad cow, sars, bird flu, common cold, tuberculosis, measles, whooping cough, typhoid, leprosy, etc.
COVID may be our last warning to change how we treat each other, animals and the environment.
Scientists and nutritionists have proven that every essential nutrient and protein that humans require exists in plants making exploiting animals nutritionally unnecessary. Scientists have also concluded that animals feel pain just like humans do. Animal exploitation continues to this day because of miseducation, taste pleasure, profits, addiction and tradition. A five year study from The University of Oxford, which is the most comprehensive study ever to analyze the relationship between farming and the environment, concluded that the single biggest thing that we can do as individuals to prevent the climate crisis is to be vegan. Animal agriculture negatively affects everything it touches and is the largest hinderance to mankind and animal kind.
Pre-COVID, profits in business was the primary bottom line. To thrive Post-COVID, it is going to be critical to encompass a quadruple bottom line in business and in our individual lives. People, animals, environment and profits, all working together for the greater good of every thing and being on earth. Making profit ethically. Cutting ties with animal exploitation to make positive impacts on human and animal health, the environment and prevent future pandemics.
People - Providing employees with education and resources on plant based vegan living, self care practices, sustainable living at home, and a comfortable healthy work environment in the office and options to work from home.
Animals - Tracing the entire business operations to exclude any and all participation in animal exploitation. Provide all plant based foods at company meetings and parties. Rewards for employee participation in Meatless Monday and/or fully plant based. Donate to animal sanctuaries.
Environment - Using eco friendly office supplies, cleaning products, clean energy and low flow water nozzles. Give rewards to employees for sending photos of them picking up trash. Outdoor company trash pick up gatherings. Donate to environmental organizations.
Profits - Earn profits ethically. Support suppliers that pledge to use fair trade, local, organic, humane, animal-free and sustainable practices. Set aside a percentage of profits to donate.