Global warming is the greatest threat to life on Earth
- The Earth is heading for catastrophic climate change without radical shifts in human behavior. Already, some tipping points are being crossed.
- Animal agriculture is responsible for at least 14% of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions, more than the exhaust fumes from all transportation combined, according to conservative estimates by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). World Bank experts Robert Goodland and Jeff Anhang have estimated animal agriculture is responsible for 51% of greenhouse gas emissions using a full life-cycle analysis.
- The impacts of global warming are already appearing and are only expected to worsen, from extreme weather events, like more frequent and intense hurricanes, drought, the melting of mountain glaciers and polar ice caps, and rising sea levels.
Animal agriculture is the leading cause of species extinction and habitat destruction.
- Politicians are shackled by the interests of big corporate donors who benefit from inertia. The public needs to mobilize and organize around this issue, attain mass media coverage and force political leaders to take action.
- We need to turn this ship around and act now to avoid tipping points and in order to return to a stable energy balance, requiring a reduction in greenhouse gas concentrations to below 350 parts per million of carbon dioxide, as suggested by the leading climate scientist, Dr. James Hansen.
Going Vegan …
Is the single most impactful thing an individual can do to combat climate change. Far more effective than more commonly known methods such as driving fuel-efficient cars, recycling, using energy-saving light bulbs or taking shorter showers. Each day, a person who eats a vegan diet saves:
- 1,100 gallons of water
- 45 pounds of grain
- 30 sq ft of forested land
- 20 lbs CO2 equivalent
- 1 animal’s life
Behavioural change is important and it works. With enough people shifting to veganism, a critical mass can be created driving politicians to make major policy and necessary structural changes too. For example, over $40 billion in direct subsidies is paid to farmers in OECD countries for destructive meat and dairy annually. This has to stop.
Veganism benefits more than the environment …
The co-benefits of becoming a climate vegan are numerous:
- Preventing unnecessary, egregious animal suffering
- Not participating in climate injustice and advancing social justice
- Expanding natural habitat through massive reforestation (as land is saved from grazing and producing food crops for animal agriculture) and thus saving species from extinction
- Tackling world hunger. We use vast amounts of land to grow grains for animal agriculture instead of more efficiently feeding humans directly with plants
- Improving one’s own health
You can’t call yourself an environmentalist if you choose to engage in the most destructive actions towards climate change. Don’t participate in climate change any longer.
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