We Face a Climate Emergency
“We are close to the tipping point where global warming becomes irreversible. Trump's actions could push the earth over the brink to become like Venus with a temperature of 250 degrees, and raining sulfuric acid."
Animal agriculture and fossil fuels are devastating our planet. We need to take drastic and immediate action. This year and decade are crucial if we are going to stop runaway climate chaos with areas of the world too hot to live in, with disease vectors spreading, ecological and agricultural systems breaking down and possibly leading to mass starvation, and more frequent and severe extreme weather events from hurricanes, floods, forest fires to droughts and sea level rise.
Animal agriculture is a leading source of climate chaos, generating more greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide) than all cars, trucks, planes, ships and other transportation modes combined and responsible for critical land use changes: deforesting the world to produce animal feed.
Animal agriculture generates 51% or more of greenhouse gas emissions according to World Watch Institute. This figure includes all aspects of animal agriculture such as transportation of animals and related industries. The 14% Food and Agricultural Organization figure only includes limited aspects of animal agriculture such as raising animals for food.
Methane comes from cows, and is 70 times more damaging to our air than CO2 emissions. Nitrous oxide also comes from animal agriculture, and from the burning of fossil fuels. An article published on Ecowatch says,
"Factory farms contribute to climate disruption by their impact on deforestation and draining of wetlands, and because of the nitrous oxide emissions from huge amounts of pesticides used to grow the genetically engineered corn and soy which are fed to animals raised in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). Nitrous oxide pollution is even worse than methane—200 times more damaging per ton than CO2. And just as animal waste leaches antibiotics and hormones into the ground and water, pesticides and fertilizers also eventually find their way into our waterways, further damaging the environment."
We must end animal agriculture and reforest the Earth to bring down the atmospheric carbon content.
Animal agriculture is also the number one source of ocean dead zones, deforestation, mass species extinction, and water use. Nearly 80% of agricultural land is used for animal feed and grazing. In 2018, The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) stated that we have 12 years left to make major dietary changes. The animal victims of climate chaos are suffering and dying now. The time for looking away is over. It is time to act.