Graham Hill: Why I’m a Weekday Vegetarian

In another TED talk, Graham Hill presents “Why I’m a Weekday Vegetarian.”  Graham Hill is the founder of TreeHugger.com and aims to “push sustainability into the mainstream.”  He is obviously very passionate about the environment, and therefore presents a powerful and persuasive talk urging the audience to become weekday vegetarians.

Hill does a great job using the Power Stat.  To introduce his key points of why he became a weekday vegetarian he explains “I knew that eating a mere hamburger a day can increase my risk of dying by a third.  Cruelty, I knew that the 10 billion animals we raise each year for meat, are raised in factory farm conditions that we, hypocritically, wouldn’t ever consider for our own cats, dogs, and other pets.  Environmentally, meat, amazingly, causes more emissions than all of transportation combined, cars, trains, planes, buses, boats, all of it. And beef production uses 100 times the water that most vegetables do.”  Hill uses these statistics to address his main persuasive points – human health, cruelty of animals, and environmental issues. Additionally the audience can relate to each of these statistics or facts on a personal level.

Overall, Hill does a great job organizing his persuasive speech by discussing the problem and his solution.  Most people have never heard of a weekday vegetarian, rather you are a meat eater or a vegetarian.  In discussing the pros of this simply structured, easy to remember alternative of being a weekday vegetarian, he explains that by making this change to his diet, he lessens pollution, feels better about animals, saves money, feels healthier, has a smaller footprint, and will live longer.  These principles each individual in the audience can relate to.  Thus, suggesting a healthy and practical change for the environment, animals, and human health.

 

Kara Brickman

 

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