It’s not a news that we are living in an era when we can feel effects of global warming every year more and more. Global warming is growing as a result of human negligence for ages. If we want to leave our planet to the next generations in a better, or at least the same condition as we found it we need to act immediately. As much as we think our influence cannot make a noticeable change, we must bring to consciousness our role and take responsibility for what is happening around us. Fighting against global warming can start from our plates and from changing our habits, influencing both our planet and our health for better.
The scientists at the Oxford Martin School claims that. according to their reasrches, a vegetarian diet or just reduced meat consumption to within accepted health guidelines, would make a large dent in greenhouse gases. According to reasrche results, adhering to health guidelines on meat consumption could cut global food-related emissions by nearly a third by 2050, while accepting a vegetarian diet lifestyle would bring down emissions by 63%. Intensive livestock-rearing is a major cause of greenhouse gases, in part because of the methane produced by the animals and the massive slurry pits that accompany large farms. It also diverts water and grains to animal-rearing, which is less efficient than directing the grains towards direct human consumption (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/mar/21/eat-less-meat-v...)
In the video produced in a collaboration between Vox and the University of California, showcases the work of Ben Houlton, director of the John Muir Institute of the Environment at UC Davis, and postdoctoral student Maya Almaraz. Their research suggests that a diet recommended for good health — one low in meats and high in fruits, vegetables and whole grains — also happens to be good for the planet.
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On the topic of environmental challenges, I recommend a french film-documentary called "Tomorrow" (Demain in French). The film identifies initiatives to deal with environmental and social challenges of the twenty-first century, be it in agriculture, energy, economy, education and governance. It also won the 2016 César Award for Best Documentary Film
I agree that this is a huge problem, and especially if you think that not only farm animals are producing large quantities of greenhouse gases, but every year large areas of forests and rainforests are cut down for more farmland. That way we reduce the amount of forests which can process CO2 and create oxygen, while making more greenhouse gasses.
The main problem is changing people's attitude about this. Many environmentalists believe there should be harsh sanctions or fees and taxes for consuming meat or any other behavior which is not considered to be "green", but I believe this is the wrong approach. It has become more and more obvious that this "polluting" kind of behavior is bad for our planet, and I believe if we educate people more, incorporate this topic more in the curricula of formal and non-formal education, which is something that we are, among other things, trying to do here in the GCE group, there will be positive effect. Like in every other area of such great interest to majority, the change comes slow, but it comes. Thank you for writing this article, because sharing of this kind of articles is the right way to create change.