It is clear now, more than ever that we are at an environmental threshold the likes we have never seen.
Prominent scientists have come out saying that we are now, unquestionably, in an epochal Mass Extinction. One of the species least likely to survive it? Humanity.
Current measures for sustainable energy are inspiring but just aren’t cutting it. By current projections it will cost many trillions of dollars and take two decades to switch off fossil fuels.
And fossil fuel use isn’t even the worst cause of environmental degradation right now.
Many people try to be ‘environmentally conscious’ through short showers, composting, recycling and carpooling. While helpful these practices a just a drop in the bucket of our culture’s real daily consumption problem.
Fortunately, with a growing population approaching 8 billion, we have achieved a moment of a perfect necessary opportunity.
In order to be a true environmentalist, without hypocrisy under the population and environmental pressures we are presented with right now there is only one choice:
The single most important decision we can make in regards to saving the world is to stop or at least significantly reduce eating animal products.
Scroll down further for facts on why this is true.
Seriously, every political battle, social justice reform and sustainable cause pales in comparison to this one massive necessity.
It isn’t a moral issue. It is the pure scientific fact of maintaining life on this planet.
There is no greater way a person can reduce their personal impact than stopping eating meat. Unlike the sustainable energy reforms which will cost trillions of dollars and take decades to implement this costs nothing and can be implemented today.
I live one of the healthiest lifestyles possible. I have incredible amounts of energy and wake up invigorated and revitalized every day. I climb mountains, perform acrobatics, slackline and adventure race. I also eat next to no animal products ever. They are completely unnecessary for the greatest health imaginable.
So a diet that makes people healthier and happier is also the single most important choice we can make to save the world?
Seems like a no-brainer, right?
Here are the facts:
- 18% of all Greenhouse gases come from Animal Agriculture. All transportation combined equals 13%.
- Live stock and byproducts of livestock account for 51% of CO2 emissions on the planet
- Methane and NO2 are hundreds of times more destructive than CO2 and livestock produce the highest sources of these as well
- While fracking uses 70-140 Billion gallons of water a year, livestock agriculture uses a staggering 34-76 Trillion gallons annually!
- An average Californian is responsible for the consumption of 1500 gallons of water a day.
- One pound of beef consumes 2500 gallons of water in its production.
- A person who does not eat animal products produces 50% less CO2, uses 1/11 of the oil. 1/13 of the water and 1/18 of the land of a consumer of animal products
- The list goes on. (see links below for more info!)
So taking short showers, fixing that leaky faucet and similar measures are trivial in comparison to stoping eating meat.
Regardless of what else you do in the world, with a population of 7.3 billion and rising there is no sustainable way for everyone to eat meat except on very rare occasions.
Like I said, it is no longer a moral issue. It is not about ethics. It is pure, unadulterated science. The number one cause of rainforest destruction, global warming, species loss, and everything that is killing this planet right now is animal agriculture.
In some ways this is good news. All you have to do, in order to make the greatest impact, is to stop eating meat and dairy. It costs nothing, it will save you money, and make you healthier to boot.
Good thing there is a plethora of information out there about the incredible and complete vegan diet. If you do not believe you can THRIVE on this diet than you are not doing your research. Here are some of my favorite examples of people who push the threshold every day without the use of animal products.
Peter Ragnar is older than most of our great grandparents and yet, somehow younger than us at the same time! He is a true inspiration.
David Wolfe is out there discovering the healthiest foods and picking them apart to figure out what makes them tick.
No Meat Athlete: This is a great resource to find info on people who perform superhuman feats without meat.
Do the research. I used to respect people’s meat eating habits. Just because I know I do not need meat does not mean everyone needs to change their diets too… except, actually they do. Literally, time is running out.
Infographic from the Great documentary on this subject: Cowspiracy. *All numbered facts above compiled from peer reviewed articles by Cowspiracy as well*