There is some very good news out of the UK (see article below). Lord Stern is now promoting a vegetarian diet in the fight against catastrophic climate change.
In case you don’t know; according to a report from the United Nations animal agriculture accounts for 18% of all global greenhouse gas emissions. Another study since then has concluded that animal agriculture accounts for 51% of all global greenhouse gas emissions. Either way there is no action an individual can take to reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions as much as becoming a vegetarian can.
Animal Agriculture accounts for more greenhouse gas emissions than all the trains, planes, boats, cars, trucks, and buses in the world.
To learn more about the impact of animal agriculture on our environment and what you can do about it visit the Go Veggie Group
right here on A Climate for Change.
Below I’ve listed some key points form the article with a link to the complete article at the bottom of the post.
World Change Café
Vegetarian diet is better for the planet, says Lord Stern
Meat wastes water, creates greenhouse gases and could become as socially unacceptable as drink-driving
Eating meat could become as socially unacceptable as drink-driving because of the impact it has on global warming, according to a senior authority on climate change.
Lord Stern of Brentford, former adviser to the government on the economics of climate change, said people will have to consider turning vegetarian to help reduce global carbon emissions.
"Meat is a wasteful use of water and creates a lot of greenhouse gases. It puts enormous pressure on the world's resources. A vegetarian diet is better," Stern said.
Farmed ruminant animals, including cattle and sheep, are thought to be responsible for up to a quarter of "man-made" methane emissions worldwide.
Stern, whose 2006 Stern Review warned that countries needed to spend 1% of their GDP to stop greenhouse gases rising to dangerous levels, said a successful deal at the climate change conference in Copenhagen in December would massively increase the cost of producing meat.
People's concerns about climate change would lead to meat eating becoming unacceptable, he predicted.
"I think it's important that people think about what they are doing and that includes what they are eating," he told the Times.
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