Veganuary, the global pledge to try vegan for 31 days, is today celebrating a huge milestone – a total of two million people have officially signed up since the pledge began in 2014. Some famous participants amongst the millions include wildlife presenter Chris Packham, TV presenter Jasmine Harman, actor Peter Egan and ‘dragon’ Deborah Meaden – all of whom are now Ambassadors for the charity.

Jasmine Harman, who took part in the first-ever Veganuary in 2014, says: “I feel very proud and very privileged to have been with Veganuary from the start and to be one of their Ambassadors.”

Joining as an Ambassador for 2022, Deborah Meaden says: “Taking part in Veganuary helped me change how I eat, and now my diet is the best for animals, the planet and for me. If the climate crisis, animal suffering or the loss of wild places and species concerns you, sign up, take part and let Veganuary help you, too.”

Peter Egan, who took part in 2016, says: “The first thing which is wonderful about Veganuary is that there is no pressure. So you can, if you like, say ‘ok I’m only going to do it for January’. I’d be very surprised if you decide to do it for January and then not do it for February because it is such an exciting and interesting way of living in terms of foods. So, I think it’s a wonderful imperative. And one that, of course, I totally support and I’m very, very happy to be an Ambassador for.”

Forged on a kitchen table in York by a husband-and-wife team, Veganuary has made newspaper and TV headlines around the world – from front page of the Times and New Scientist to features in the Washington Post, New York Times and South China Morning Post.

The organisation now has campaign hubs in seven countries – UK, US, Germany, Chile, Argentina, Brazil and India – and has welcomed participants from every country in the world except North Korea and Vatican City. For some the experience was life-changing – including a Devon woman who lost seven stone and went from couch potato to triathlete; a 70-year-old in California who’s lowered her blood pressure, cholesterol and no longer registers as pre-diabetic; and a woman in Eswatini who’s started her own vegan mail order company to help other people take on the challenge as well.

Veganuary is free to join, and people can sign-up at to receive 31 daily emails packed with nutritional info, delicious recipes, easy meal plans and helpful advice.