Climate change is alarming and overwhelming. And there is really only one solution: to dramatically reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. There are many emission sources, so almost every person can reduce their climate footprint by recycling, reusing and . For example, flying less, driving more fuel-efficient cars, using solar panels.
Marine biologist, Enric Sala, has worked on Leonardo DiCaprio’s documentary, Before the Flood. In an interview, Sala was asked, "What do you think are the most important things ordinary people can do to address these big problems?"
Sala answered, "There are so many things people can do. But if it were one thing, I’d say eat more vegetables and less meat. One of the biggest ecological footprints is our meat consumption. To raise cattle, forests are being cut down, especially in the developing world, and that creates a huge amount of emissions. Cattle also release methane, which is a powerful greenhouse gas." Sala added, "I rarely eat meat, and I have never felt better."
The large-scale production of animal protein is the second leading cause of global warming, and the book, Meat Climate Change, cites hundreds of scientific studies on this issue.
Petitioning IPCC Secretariat C/O World Meteorological Organization, Bruce Stewart, Acting Secretary; and UNFCCC Secretariat Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary - Put Meat on the Agenda of Climate Talks
Livestock production is the 2nd leading cause of manmade greenhouse gas emissions. Even if the world went fossil-free by 2100, increasing animal consumption will still cause catastrophic global warming. A plant-based diet and reforestation can help to reverse climate change.
In reducing fossil-based emissions, an argument can be made that fossil fuels are not essential for human survival, and that many non-carbon sources of energy already exist, and should be used instead. However, this argument is often inverted when dealing with livestock's GHG emissions. Animal-based diets are viewed as non-negotiable and indispensable to human survival. And, the common perception is that other protein sources are not as good or available.
The lobbies for eggs, cow's milk and animal carcass production, are well-organized, and many politicians minimize and ignore the climate and diet issue due to conflicts of interest.
However, the single biggest cause of environmental degradation is the changing over to animal-based diets. It took more than a century for Europeans to change over to a diet based on consuming animal products at every meal. But, in large parts of Asia, a similar shift has occurred in just one generation. Globally, the demand for animal products is projected to increase by 50 percent from 2013 to 2025, and this will significantly expand animal-based emissions.
At any given time, the global livestock population amounts to more than 150 billion, compared with just 7.2 billion humans, so livestock have a larger direct ecological footprint than humans. Animal agriculture specifically drives climate change, and is linked to the food crisis, water emergencies, dispossession and social conflicts. Animal agribusiness has large footprints on the air, land, water, energy, material, health, and other areas. These various GHG footprints are part of livestock animals' life-cycle, supply chains and byproducts.
Also, livestock production's footprints include carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O) and other GHGs, that have a larger cumulative effect on climate change than from each gas added up individually. Unless livestock's emissions are reduced along with fossil fuels, they may set in motion various environmental feedbacks that result in the surpassing of climate change tipping points.
We need to put Meat on the agenda of climate talks! Please sign the petition and help us get this issue on the climate negotiating table.
For more information, see Meat Climate Change
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Climate change is an important issue that mothers care about because they are concerned about their kids’ future. Women and children are the most affected by climate change, yet they have the least power in decision-making regarding climate change.
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