With the 40th anniversary of Earth Day coming up on April 22, people world-wide are turning their thoughts to the environment. Driving less often and recycling are simple ways of reducing your footprint on the Earth - but eating less meat, dairy, and eggs takes less effort and can have an even bigger impact! Studies have shown that livestock may account for over half of annual worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.
This week, celebrate 40 years of giving back to the Earth by encouraging Al Gore to go vegan!
A widely cited 2006 report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Livestock's Long Shadow, estimates that 18 percent of annual worldwide GHG emissions are attributable to cattle, buffalo, sheep, goats, camels, pigs, and poultry.
But in fact, a recent World Watch analysis by Goodland and Anhang finds that livestock and their byproducts may actually account for more than 32 billion tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year, or 51 percent of annual worldwide greenhouse gases. Over half of our GHG emissions may be the reseult of our our agricultural practices!
By cutting out the meat, dairy, and eggs that play such a huge role in climate change, you can reduce your impact every day when you choose a sustainable diet – better for you, and better for the environment.
In the past 40 years, we’ve made some great strides in raising awareness of and combating greenhouse gas emissions; let’s make the next 40 even better!