Going vegetarian can be part of a low-carbon life. Giving up meat in China has only become a trendy way of life in the past decade. But it's now catching on for a bigger reason. Today, in our 'My Low Carbon Life' series, Wang Mangmang finds out why people believe they can make a difference.
Look, smell, and taste. A vegetarian diet does not mean deprivation. But still, there needs to be a reason. Religious beliefs, health, animal protection, and saving the planet. This is why Lu Shi has been a strict vegetarian for thirteen years.
Lu Shi, a vegetarian, said, "The ancient Chinese believed when heaven is about to place a great responsibility on a great man, it always first frustrates his spirit and will, and exposes him to starvation. This is exactly how I felt when I started. But now I'm good. My vegetarian friends are happy to know what they eat can affect the climate. There are not many, but we stick to it and try to tell others that this is for a good cause."
But this lifestyle does not appeal to all. Meat lovers simply can't give up their favorites. Some wonder how a bite of meat relates to global warming. Another reason is expense.
This vegetarian restaurant is a favorite among the city's elite, but not so well known to the public. The manager says all the food here is organic. Average consumption per customer is around two hundred yuan.
Dong Ziyang, Manager of Jintai Catering Club, said, "The average age of our customers is under thirty-three years old. They're particularly interested in the concept of eating for a low carbon life. Young people are more environmentally aware and more open to new ideas. They love to be in the trend or lead the trend. So we're quite confident about the prospects."