Montreal's borough of St-Laurent is the first sub-municipality in Canada to have completed a greenhouse gas inventory. Climate Reality Canada | Réalité Climatique Canada conducted a webinar with Mayor Alan DeSousa about the fifth prong of his five-part initiative, the Cultural Development Plan. Should municipal government employees be on the front lines of habit-oriented solutions? Interesting thought -- the ban of meat in German's federal government comes to mind, as does Turin's bid to be the worlds first Vegan city (see Ray's YouTube comments for links and key transcriptions).
The mayor points out that the community itself may not be the place to start because of "ethnic diversity." Economic diversity is absolutely an issue -- the vegan transition starts with the people with the most ability to choose. There isn't an ethnicity that is exempt from the effects of climate change, and if we are concerned for the downtrodden on the front lines of less developed countries we should temper our consumption accordingly.
Heartbreaking Fact! 💔🐨🌳🌍 Animal Agriculture is a leading cause of many major environmental problems we face globally & domestically. Most importantly, #climatechange; and #animalagriculture is too often left out of the policy discussion. "The current warming trend is of particular significance because most of it is extremely likely (greater than 95% probability) to be the result of HUMAN ACTIVITY since the mid-20th century and proceeding at a rate that is unprecedented over decades to millennia". Climatechange, Ocean dead zones, Fisheries depletion, Species #extinction, #Deforestation. World #hunger, #Food safety, Cancer, Heart disease, Obesity, Diabetes. The list goes on.... There is ONE issue at the heart of all these global problems that is too often overlooked by private individuals and policy makers alike, our demand for and reliance on animal products!
We can take a substantial step towards addressing all these problems simultaneously through reducing or eliminating our reliance on #meat and #dairy products. 📸 credit Bear Witness Australia Text by @jess__babie via Instagram ... See MoreSee Less
Suzi Kaplan OlmstedI love you, and again, almost always agree, but..
This issue is far more complicated than this meme. Yes, it’s all our fault. Yes, eating animals isn’t helping. But it’s only a small, yes SMALL part of the way in which humans have motherfucked this issue. Regular agriculture alone, human urban, suburban and population expansion, horrific land stewardship practices, climate change, chemical destruction of land and water masses, ground water, pollution, deforestation, the list is long, complicated, multifaceted, and yes, OUR FAULT. But it’s not about a single thing we can just fix by itself and solve the problem, and telling people it will makes the problem worse, it doesn’t add to our odds of solutions or survival. It’s too holistic.
Tina GonnermannWhen are people going to wake up to this fact and start taking responsibility for the future of the planet, their own health and the welfare of the animals.
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Keith AkersStrictly speaking it's not meat consumption, but livestock (meat and animal product) production, that is the problem. Of course the meat consumption is linked to livestock production. Human population is also a problem but (see chart from Mark Colman) right now it is less of a problem than the livestock population, habitat-wise.
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Molly DonlanIt's NOT okay! People are going to drown in poop and contaminated water!