Basic Education

Climate Quiescence, Protection of Our Planet, Environmental Enhancement, Sustainability and Optimal Health

Scientists agree that the climate crisis is real, and humans are the cause.

We are destroying our planet, our only earthly home.

We created the climate crisis by a wasteful lifestyle, greed, pleasure seeking pursuits, violence and selfishness.

The good news is that we have 11 years to fix it, but we have to act now!  By 2020, we need to see a dramatic decrease in emissions.

Scientists have warned us for decades.  The United Nations’ Paris Agreement of 2016 fervently advised a long-term goal to keep the increase in global average temperature below 2° C above pre-industrial levels, and to limit the increase to 1.5° C because this would substantially reduce the risks and effects of climate change.

The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) of the United Nations reports on the impacts of global warming of 1.5° C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas (water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and ozone) emissions in an effort to strengthen the global response to the climate crisis, the sustainability threat and poverty.  The IPCC states that we are 11 years away from setting off an irreversible chain reaction beyond human control.

In October 2018, the IPCC released a report urging citizens of the world to make changes to their daily lives in order to keep the earth’s temperature from rising 1.5° C above pre-industrial levels, otherwise risk historic levels of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people.

Natural disasters are the first signs of climate and ecological breakdown.  Other signs include erosion of topsoil, deforestation of rain forests, toxic air pollution, loss of insects, acidification of oceans and extinction of species.  Two hundred species become extinct every day.  The extinction rate is 10,000 times faster than normal.

The IPCC is comprised of well respected scientists.  We need to listen to the experts.

Citizens of the world, especially citizens of rich, developed countries like the United States must start reducing the use of fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions by 15% every year in order to stay below the two percent warming target.

We need to protect the biosphere, rain forests, air and oceans.  We need to decrease carbon dioxide emissions by at least 50% by 2030.

What are the three most impactful changes that we need to make to save our planet and reduce our carbon footprint immediately?

  1.  Avoid consumption of meat, dairy and eggs
  2.  Eliminate/reduce the use of plastic
  3.  Stop flying.

With respect to animal agriculture, to produce one pound of beef, we use 1,799 gallons of water;

to produce one pound of pork, we use 576 gallons of water;

to produce one pound of chicken, we use 468 gallons of water;

to produce one pound of soybeans, we use 216 gallons of water;

to produce one pound of corn, we use 108 gallons of water;

and to produce one egg, we use 53 gallons of water;

not to mention the use of fossil fuels for transportation.

One quarter pound hamburger requires over 660 gallons of water to produce which is enough water to shower for two months.

Domestic water usage in the United States measures 5% compared to animal agriculture usage of 55%.

The biggest factor of the mass extinction is destroying natural habitat in order to convert land for food.  One third of the planet is desertified with livestock as the leading driver.

The more dependent we are on meat, dairy and eggs, the greater the carbon dioxide and methane emissions.  Animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire transportation industry.

Animal waste from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) consists of toxic, foul smelling sludge containing bacteria, feces, urine, still born baby nonhuman beings, afterbirth, blood and pesticides.  The sludge is pumped into lagoons or open earth pits which remain dangerously close to water tables, some of which were once wetlands.  The toxic fumes cause health hazards such as cancer, miscarriages and infectious diseases; and contaminants such as noxious gases, heavy metals and pathogens including salmonella leak into the ground.  The toxic sludge is then sprayed into fields (polluting the air) which flows into the water killing fish and polluting rivers with nitrogen and phosphorous.

We grow enough food to feed ten billion people.  Three quarters of agricultural land is used to feed livestock.  Animal agriculture is an extremely inefficient industry.  If we stop using land and edible crops to feed animals who are bred and killed for meat and dairy, and we ate the crops, everyone in the world would have enough to eat.

Furthermore, with respect to sustainability, we will not be able to produce enough meat, dairy and eggs to sustain a standard American diet in ten years if the population continues to increase the way it has increased during the last few decades.

Finally, health experts advise that the standard American diet causes standard American diseases.  The consumption of meat, dairy and eggs greatly increases the chances of diagnoses of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, obesity, acne, digestive disorders and allergies.  (Interestingly, a plant based diet seems to not only prevent diseases, but reverse them as evidenced by more and more testimonies of patients who ditched medicine after a short time on plant based diets.)

Thus, animal agriculture is the primary cause of the climate crisis, the destruction of our planet and our environment, mass extinction of species, depletion of natural resources, diseases and poverty.