Recent research indicates that meat is a major driver of climate change and that adapting to the vegan lifestyle can drastically reduce our carbon footprint. According to recent research, moving in the direction of a plant based diet could avert 5 million plus deaths per year by the time we reach 2050, representing a 6-10% decrease in global mortality. On top of this, adopting global dietary guidelines has been estimated to cut food-related greenhouse gas emissions by 29%. But if we are too seriously fight climate change then the number of those that adapt to a plant based diet will need to dramatically increase. With a vegetarian diet, food-related emissions would decrease by 63% and with a vegan diet? 70%. The Guardian reported that a study published by the proceeding of the national academy of science shows that livestock production is one of the most destructive forces driving climate change, not only degrading air quality and polluting water ways but also also contributing to around 75% deforestation. According to the united nations scientists, meat production, water depletion, soil erosion and most other environmental problems are the leading cause of climate change. In the words of environmental author Dr will Tuttle “if we didn’t breed animals, then we would not have to feed them, if we did not have to feed them, we would not need to devote all this land to growing grains, legumes and so forth to feed to them. The forests would come back, wild life would come back , the oceans would come back, the rivers would run clean again, the air would come back, health would return”. From the documentary cowspiracy,Filmmaker Kip Anderson assessed that to feed a person on a plant based diet for a year required 1/6 of an acre of land. To feed the same person on a vegetarian diet that includes eggs and dairy, requires three times as much land. To feed an average US citizen’s high consumption diet of meat, dairy and eggs requires 18 times as much land. 1.4 tons of Co2 are saved by removing beef from the diet. 1.6 tons are saved by going vegetarian and 1.8 tons by going vegan. Other methods of saving the environment certainly help such as switching to solar energy saving 1.4 tons or driving a hybrid car saving 1.78 tons but neither save to the same extent as a plant based diet. Anderson noted that by adopting the vegan diet, he would be saving 1100 gallons of water, 45 IBS of grain, 30 square feet of forest, the equivalent of 10 IBS of co2 and one animals life “every single day”
Another major concern regarding climate change is deforestation which is now considered to be one of the contributing factors to global climate change, not only because the decrease in trees means lessens the amount of carbon stores but because it also releases carbon dioxide into the air. An assessment for forest resources claims that deforestation releases nearly a billion tons of carbon into the atmosphere per year making it the second largest human-caused source of carbon dioxide to be released into the atmosphere. Roughly 15% of greenhouse gas emissions are the result of deforestation. The decrease in forests results in the rise of carbon dioxide that would otherwise be soaked up by the trees. Alongside this deforestation decreases global vapor flows from land and even the slightest change in vapor flows can disrupt natural weather patterns changing current climate models. It is not just the loss of trees but also the loss of plants and animals that result from deforestation. Forests are home to a variety of life on earth. But when the balance of this ecosystem tips, it has a domino effect of destruction that effects not only life in their location, but also around the world. According to woldwilfelife.org, some 46-58 thousand square miles of forest are lost each year. This is alarming considering that around 80% of the world’s species are far as we know reside in tropical rainforests. Alongside the increase of extinction, increase of green house gas emissions and disruption of the ecosystem, the lives of millions of people worldwide that depend on forest life for food, medicine and agriculture, have their life’s drastically disrupted by life as they know it, slowly falling apart as the conditions they once lived in continue to look uncertain and deeply worrying.
About the author
Jwaydan Moyine is a classically trained Film Composer, Pianist, Cellist, Singer/Songwriter, and a Writer and Entrepreneur. She founded Earth Children to bring awareness to matters regarding the Environment, Animal welfare, Sustainable & Conscious living, Wellness & Humanitarian issues. She is heavily involved with activism for animal welfare in the UK and Egypt and child welfare in Syria, Thailand and Romania. She resides in Berkshire Running an organic food farm, an organic skincare company, Writing and bringing awareness to matters regarding the Planet, Plant based nutrition, Cruelty free living & the necessity of adapting to Veganism for the sake of Sustainability, Animal welfare and our Health. She has several qualifications in nutritional therapy, culinary medicine & holistic healing. You can find out more on what she is doing over at the Earth Children Facebook Page!
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