What It's About

Global Warming has finally seized our nation’s attention!

  • Devastating wildfires and floods are inflicting inestimable damage to our nation’s economy
  • Coastal communities are revamping building codes to deal with rising sea levels
  • Democratic presidential candidates are debating merits of the radical Green New Deal
  • On March 15th, hundreds of thousands of students took part in the U.S. Youth Climate Strike to protest global leaders’ inaction on climate change
  • And, April 22nd marks the 50th observance of Earth Day, the annual expression of our national concern for our environment

Every one of us can help deal with the climate crisis by reducing our driving, our use of electricity, and our consumption of animals. Yes, that too.

Animal Agriculture is the chief culprit!

A recent article in Nature argues that animal agriculture is a major driver of climate change, air and water pollution, and depletion of soil and freshwater resources. Oxford University’s prestigious Food Climate Research Network reported that solving the global warming catastrophe requires massive shift to plant-based eating. A 2010 United Nations report blamed animal agriculture for 70% of global freshwater use, 38% of land use, and 19% of greenhouse gas emissions responsible for global warming.

Global warming is attributed largely to human release of greenhouse gases, so called because they trap the sun’s heat near the earth’s surface. The principal greenhouse gases are carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide, all associated with animal agriculture.

Carbon dioxide is emitted by burning forests to create animal pastures and by operating machinery to grow and transport animals. The more damaging methane and nitrous oxide are released from digestive tracts of cattle and animal waste ponds, respectively.

Moreover, meat and dairy production dumps more animal waste, crop debris, fertilizers, pesticides, and other pollutants into our waterways than all other human activities combined. It is the driving force behind wildlife habitat destruction.

In an environmentally sustainable world, meat and dairy products in our diet must be replaced by vegetables, fruits, and grains, just as fossil fuels are replaced by wind, solar, and other pollution-free energy sources.

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