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Do the 21-day Vegan Kickstart to combat climate change and healthcare costs

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Senator Bernie Sanders,

Thank you for running for president this year. You have inspired millions of Americans who have been looking for the right candidate to rise up and represent those of us who have been looking for a candidate who keeps their word. We admire you because you have shed light on the inequities in our society. You have also fought for the rights of those who have little say in how America operates and we thank you for that.

To stay on the path of justice and compassion, I invite you to consider eating a plant-strong diet for 21 days. Here's why:

  • Health impact and cost to American taxpayers. "Low-fat vegan—plant-based—diets are the easiest way to trim excess weight, prevent diabetes, cut cholesterol, lower blood pressure, prevent and reverse heart disease, and reduce cancer risk," according to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found 8.1 million fewer people would die if everyone abstained from eating animal products. Dietary shifts could save $700 billion to $1 trillion per year on healthcare, unpaid care and lost working days.
  • Environmental impact. We thank you for recognizing that climate change is a major threat to civilization. Plant-strong diets can eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 70 percent and save as much as $570 billion dollars.
  • Spiritual connection. You mentioned in this Democratic Town Hall that we are all connected and therefore impacted by each other's actions in ways we can't even imagine. Consider the spiritual impact you could have on society if you chose to eat cruelty-free meals that also benefited your health and the environment.
  • Stay on the right side of history. Senator Sanders, you fought for civil rights and gay marriage before they were popular and legalized. Please advocate for the rights of the voiceless, abused and murdered 10 billion animals who are slaughtered in the United States solely because we think they taste good. Solely because it's a family tradition. By choosing to eat a plant-strong diet, you can save 95 to 100 animals per year from a miserable fate. By doing this, you can stay on the right side of history.


Why Now?

Senator Sanders, you may be thinking this is not a good time to take on another challenge. Why, you're already fighting for delegates in the primary. I get it. But it's never a good time to choose what's right. You could start the presidency and easily be dealt with a national emergency (hope not). It's never a "good" time. The choice comes down to eating in a way that protects the environment and your health, and lifts the American psyche.


How to Get Started?

More than 450,000 people have participated in an online program created by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. The free 21-Day Kickstart is live from the first day through the 21st day of each month. The program is based on research by Neal Barnard, M.D., one of America’s leading health advocates.


Who Are We?

About 8 million Americans identify as vegan. If we can get 10,000 signatures on this petition, it will send a formidable message to Senator Sanders to adopt a plant-strong lifestyle for 21 days.

Thank you for your consideration, Senator.


Julie Varughese and Concerned Citizens

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