Secrets? Who doesn’t love secrets?
Before I share the secret, I would like to say that despite the implications of this post, this is not intended to impose my views on you to give up meat completely. I respect everyone’s bio-individuality.
However, as consumers, we are obligated to know the impact that we are making on the Earth whenever we choose what we put on our plates. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations,
- Agriculture is responsible for about 18% of global greenhouse gas emissions, more than that contributed by transportation
- Livestock is the main contributor of methane gas (CH4) emissions at approximately 37%. Methane gas is more than 20 times stronger than carbon dioxide in trapping heat in the atmosphere.
- Livestock production accounts for about 8% of global water usage, mainly for irrigation of feed crops.
With that said, here are some positive impacts that we can all make if everyone in America ate vegetarian for,
7 DAYS: save 700 Megatons of greenhouse gas emissions, equivalent to removing ALL cars off US roads
6 DAYS: carbon savings equivalent to eliminating the total electricity use of all households in the US
5 DAYS: equivalent to planting 13 billion trees and letting them grow for 10 years, equivalent to 43 trees per American
4 DAYS: halving the domestic use of all electricity, gas, and kerosene use in the US
3 DAYS: save 300 Megatons of greenhouse gas emissions, greater savings than if all cars in US were replaced with Toyota Prius’
2 DAYS: equivalent to replacing all household appliances with energy efficient ones
1 DAY: save 90 million airplane tickets from New York to Los Angeles
Getting the entire nation to commit to this is possible, but improbable. This information (adapted from “Meat the Truth“) is intended for you to think about what we can do as a collective whole when we take action.
“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” – Johann Wolfgang van Goethe
A small step for man is a GIANT LEAP for humanity and all living creatures.
How many days a week will you go without meat to reduce your environmental imprint on the world to provide for a better future?