Climate change is going to be top of the agenda this weekend as world leaders meet in Paris for the United Nations Climate Summit and we, along with millions of other people around the globe, march to demand a better future. Climate change is a major problem that we need to address if we want to save the environment from further damage, and create a safe and sustainable future for the next generations. It’s a global responsibility and we need to start seeing some real action.
Our particular aim for this climate march is to help raise awareness to the massive impact that animal agriculture has on the environment. Livestock and their by-products make up 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions, producing 32,000 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. Animal agriculture also uses up precious land and water. In the US, agriculture is responsible for 80-90% of US water consumption. 1/3 of the earth is used up by livestock or feed that is grown for livestock, and animal agriculture is responsible for up to 91% of amazon destruction.
These are just a few of the statistics that demonstrate the impact animal agriculture is having on our environment. The facts are startling and plentiful, yet these details are constantly being swept under the carpet. Inconvenient bits of information that can just be put to one side and forgotten about. Ask people to recycle and they’ll do it. Ask people to change their diet and they’ll scoff.
It’s drilled into us that we need to eat meat and dairy. It’s good for us (it’s carcinogenic), we need it (millions of living, breathing vegans are proof that we don’t), we’re designed to eat it (just like all the other animals who drink milk from one who is not their mother). What it comes down to is we like it. We like it, we want it and therefore we’ll take it, regardless of the impact it has on our health, on the earthlings we share this planet with, and on the environment.
When people ask me why I’m vegan I tell them that I’m vegan for all the things. I want to end cruelty, I want to save lives, and I want to save the planet. If I can live a healthy and happy life without causing harm to others then why wouldn’t I?
Animal agriculture is the dirty little secret that people are afraid to talk about. There’s big money to be made and big money to be lost, and God forbid that anyone’s profit margins are affected by the mere inconvenience of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, species extinction, and huge greenhouse emissions.
If you’re interested in finding out more about how animal agriculture is affecting our climate then I really recommend you watch “Cowspiracy.” This is an eye-opening documentary armed with indisputable facts about an industry that is proving hugely destructive to our ecosystem.
If you care about the environment and want to reduce your carbon footprint then you seriously need to consider a vegan lifestyle. You can’t be an environmentalist and continue to eat meat. That’s a fact.