above link and quotes below courtesy of NY Magazine
I have been vegan for 4 years and vegetarian for nearly 7 more – around 10 years of conscious awareness of my diet and lifestyle. I’m 24 now, so this began around age 14. If a young teenager can moderate her diet and lifestyle without too much ardor, it should be much easier for the adults living in the comfort of the western world. Or maybe not, as wealth seems to lend itself to the lovely “seven sins”: gluttony, wrath, sloth, envy, lust, pride, greed. And once people have acquired what we in the western world consider “wealth”, they don’t like to give it up. This is the moment where we need to seriously sit ourselves down for conversation and take into account and question what are we doing? How can the western lifestyle possibly be good, sustainable, advantageous, etc., at all, if in the long run, when it is now harming more people than it benefits? (I’m referring here to all the thousands of people slaving away in developing countries to make your cell phone or trendy t-shirt … we can save fast fashion for another discussion.) We have lost touch with humanity at expense of humanity.
“By 2090, as many as 2 billion people globally will be breathing air above the WHO “safe” level; one paper last month showed that, among other effects, a pregnant mother’s exposure to ozone raises the child’s risk of autism (as much as tenfold, combined with other environmental factors). Which does make you think again about the autism epidemic in West Hollywood”
“It takes 16 calories of grain to produce just a single calorie of hamburger meat, butchered from a cow that spent its life polluting the climate with methane farts.”
“Remember, we do not live in a world without hunger as it is. Far from it: Most estimates put the number of undernourished at 800 million globally. In case you haven’t heard, this spring has already brought an unprecedented quadruple famine to Africa and the Middle East; the U.N. has warned that separate starvation events in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Yemen could kill 20 million this year alone.”
#vegan #climatechange #bigag
we have a responsibility as stewards of the earth, not only to the earth but to ourselves, to take care of it. but taking care of the earth needs to be more than recycling plastic bottles and going bag-less at the grocery. that helps, but we can help more by looking at our diets and significantly reducing the amount of meat and dairy products consumed. don’t try to argue that consuming these things isn’t harming the planet – it is, it’s a fact and if you don’t know that and want to challenge it or tell me i’m an extremist vegan, go find the facts yourself as it’s obviously something you don’t know and need to know. it’s not pleasant to hear, or think about – cutting out comfort foods or favorite family recipes. i know people who won’t change their diet because of “comfort food”, which likely won’t exist by the end of our lives. but if you want your progeny to continue using those recipes or even have a moderately liveable life, seriously take a step back and see where you can amend your daily diet and lifestyle. . stop buying new / cars every 4 years and keep the same car until the damn thing falls apart. take the (gasp!) bus, ride a bicycle – one the healthiest things you can do for yourself and the world. keep your ass in shape, stay happier and reduce your carbon footprint simply by pedaling.
same with cell phones or any other technology. all this stuff takes oil to make, along with a lot of other environmentally hazardous materials, not to mention what happens when people get tired of whatever said device is, and throws it away. Some countries have recycling facilities, but many do not. all these trinkets end up in landfills, contributing hazardous pollutants to the atmosphere.
maybe you don’t live in an area where you think climate change is affecting you – but it’s a bigger picture than yourself. millions of people will die, and thousands already have died, due to summer heat waves on almost every continent. the international seed bank in norway nearly flooded this year, because the ice melted. and now millions of tons of potential methane gas are posed to be released if the permafrost (remember this from elementary school? supposed to be frost in the soil frozen PERMANENTLY) melts. literally hell will be on earth in less than a century if every person doesn’t make an effort to do his or her part (mostly in the comfortable, western world). ..
not to mention prehistoric bacteria, plagues, disease and all sorts of other humanity-killing things. it’s already happening. if you don’t make it to the end of the article, the writer mentions some boys who died from coming in contact with an unfrozen, dead reindeer and contracting anthrax released from the thawed out bacteria of the carcass in the area of sibera.
okay, so you don’t care? that’s fine (not really), but you could at least continue the conversation with other people who might be selfless enough to care.
or maybe a mass human extinction is what needs to happen. i bet the cows and all the other animals we torture would be a hell of a lot happier without us.