Killing the lights with a vegan chilli for #EarthHour
Earth Hour is a global movement organised by the WWF to raise awareness of the dangers of the rapid climate change our world is experiencing. At 8.30pm on Saturday we – along with 187 countries and 3,100 landmarks – killed the lights for an hour to demonstrate that climate change isn’t just a buzzword for governments, but a very real issue that we need to start taking action on.
Siddarth Das, the Director of Digital Engagement at the WWF, explains why they started the event:
"We started Earth Hour to show leaders that climate change was an issue people cared about.
"For that symbolic moment to turn into the global movement it is today is really humbling, and speaks volumes about the powerful role of people in issues that affect their lives."
Okay, so we know we’re not going to save the planet with tea lights, but Earth Hour is the perfect reason to round up our pals, turn off the electricity for a while, ply them with wine and good food and encourage them to #GoVegan, or take steps to reduce their personal contribution to our changing climate.
Not to get too heavy with the numbers, but animal agriculture is responsible for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions – that's more than the combined exhaust from all transportation.
Animal farming also consumes a huge amount of water. It takes 660 gallons of water (the equivalent of you showering for two months) just to get one single burger to your plate. It also takes a thousand gallons of water to produce just one gallon of milk.
Adopting a vegan diet is one of the most powerful changes you can make on an individual level to reduce your impact on the environment. For more head-fuckery in this vein, we recommend that you head over to the Cowspiracy fact page.
Putting numbers and scary stats aside, one of the things we enjoy most about a meat-free diet is sharing delicious food with our friends. For us, it’s important to use vegan food as a bridge to connect with others, rather than a stick with which to beat people.
On Saturday night, we rounded up a handful of the best humans to indulge in a relaxed night of vegan chilli, guacamole and a whole lot of good wine, all in the name of Earth Hour.
Vegan Chilli recipe
Glug of olive oil
2 x yellow onions
2 x peppers
1 x chilli
2 cans chopped tomatoes
1 cup water
2 tbsp tomato puree
1 cup dried red lentils
2 cups kidney beans
2 tbsp curry powder
1 tsp chilli flakes
1 tsp cumin
Ground salt & pepper
1. Prepare the vegetables. Roughly chop the onion and peppers. Finely chop the garlic and chilli.
2. Heat the oil in a large pan and cook the onions and peppers until soft (around 5 mins) Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
3. Add the chilli and garlic and cook for another minute.
4. Depending on how much heat you like, add 1 tbsp curry powder (2 for spice lovers) and 1 teaspoon cumin and chilli flakes.
5. Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree and water. Give that a big stir and bring to a low boil.
6. Add the dry red lentils and leave to cook until tender for around 15 minutes. If it looks like it’s getting too dry, just throw some more water in there.
7. Once the lentils have become tender, add the kidney beans and any additional seasonings you might want i.e salt, pepper, more paprika or more curry powder.
8. Bring to a simmer, cover and leave for 20 minutes
9. Serve with rice, tortilla chips, hot sauce and guacamole for a full on Mexican feast.
Tableware provided by Urban Outfitters