Thursday, December 18, 2014

Vegan Saves The World

Meat production is one of the main culprits when it comes to the rising issue of global warming. Global Warming, for those that don't already know, refers to the scientifically proven, century-based increase in the average temperature of our planet's climate and it's detrimental effects. It leads to shifts in atmospheric conditions that cause droughts, hurricanes, and the melting of our polar ice caps. This is occurring due to the the over-emmitance of fossil fuels and a completely unconcerned population. Everyone is so worried about the economy and politics which, yes, are extremely important; but none of that will matter if we don't have a planet to live on.
Meat production alone accounts for roughly 22% greenhouse gas emissions. That's absolutely insane. By cutting out meat, you cut out nearly a quarter of these detrimental pollutants that are ripping holes in the ozone layer. This is the same layer that's protecting us from those harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun. You know, the ones that cause cancer. In fact, they can rip electrons away form their atoms or even cut molecules in half.
A 2006 study conducted by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has concluded that meat production produces more greenhouse gases than both the industry and transportation contributions. When people think of preventing global warming, they often think of cars and other forms of transportation. While I'm totally advocating for you to walk places instead of drive, that isn't going to save the planet by itself.
So what can you do? I'm not going to ask you to become a Vegan overnight. All I'm asking is that you simply cut down your meat consumption. Participate in Meatless Monday! If seven people cut out meat for one day, this is the same as one person cutting out meat for an entire week. If you're feeling really adventurous, cut-down on or cut-out red meat. Since beef production releases the most CO2, cutting back on it directly cuts down greenhouse gases. Being a Vegetarian makes a major impact on your individual carbon footprint. Veganism is slightly more impactful but only by a relatively small percentage.
Save the Polar Bears :(
This is me asking for help in an issue that affects us all. Although one person can make a massive impact, there is strength in numbers. I love this planet and since it seems as though it might be the only livable one we have, it's time to take care of it. Most importantly, you are single-handedly killing our Polar Bears! The polar bears did absolutely nothing to you. Although being a Vegan does not entirely eradicate the issue of Global Warming, it's certainly a start.
Always Remember:
Animals are friends, not food.
Jasmine Millner

P.S. Do it for the Polar Bears :)

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