Climate change is happening, but what can you do to help? How can you make contributions to halt or slow climate change today? Your first thoughts may be to start riding your bike to work or install solar panels on your house, maybe look into purchasing a Tesla… Great ideas, but doubtful to happen today. The most impactful act to reduce our carbon footprint and halt or slow climate change today is to start eating a plant-base diet at some level. That maybe intimidating to a lot of folks that have been eating a certain way their whole lives, but if you want to start today, this is your best bet.
So how do you know if this isn’t just a waste of time and effort? Here are a few references with some statistics to back it up.
In August of 2019, The U.N. report stated that “a shift toward plant-based diets” is one of the most significant ways to reduce greenhouse gases from the agriculture sector.
The classic western diet of meat and dairy is fueling climate change. How?
Livestock methane emissions gases has been estimated to account for 14 to 18 percent of the total human-induced greenhouse gases that are responsible for climate change.
Also, Land use changes can also significantly contribute to climate change. Large scale changes such as deforestation, soil erosion or machine-intensive farming methods may all contribute to increased carbon concentrations in the atmosphere. Soil erosion by water, wind and tillage affects both agriculture and the natural environment. Soil loss, and its associated impacts, is one of the most important (yet probably the least well-known) of today’s environmental problems.
Scientists and data also state that, the 20 warmest years on record have all been in the past 22 years, Roughly 84 of the world’s 100 fastest-growing cities face “extreme” risks from rising temperatures and extreme weather brought on by climate change.
So now you have some knowledge, you have the data, where do you begin?
Start by not consuming meat and dairy products for just a couple of days a week, you would save the environment thousands of tons of carbon emissions. That’s just a couple of days a week, imagine what you could do if expanded that to four days a week or eventually, every day.
Considering a plant-base diet now? Still not sure?
Today, it’s never been easier to make the transition. There is help everywhere on the internet, from social media, plant-base bloggers & youtube…
Ok, so you made the decision, you’re going to give it a try. Few more questions, what do I eat? Do I just eat salads and vegetables? What if I don’t like legumes?
These are common questions people ask, and are legitimate concerns.
It’s ok though, there are plenty of meat replacements (transition foods) to help with meal ideas.
Here are just a few to start with.
Alternatives to meat.
- Impossible Burger
- Beyond Meat Burger
- Beyond Sausage
- Lightlife Italian Sausage
- Abbot’s Butcher “Chorizo”
- Before the Butcher UNCUT Breakfast Sausage Patty
- Tyson’s Raised & Rooted “Plant-Based Nuggets”
A lot of the choices above are now served at many restaurants today as well.
If you decide to give this a try, start somewhere realistic, maybe one or two days a week, do some research, ask questions. See where it goes from there.
Not: There maybe some side effects of transitioning to a plant-base diet. See below.
Your health will improve, you’ll lose some weight, you’ll have more energy, improved mental alertness and you’ll be saving animal lives…