Reducing or eliminating meat and animal products is an action you can take that will help save our shared home.
How = #simples
Less meat and animal products =
fewer farmed animals
reduced greenhouse gas emissions
reduced water use
reduced poisonous effluent
less species extinction, and
The most effective tool against climate change
Replacing livestock products with plant based alternatives may be our best strategy for reversing climate change.
Shifting to a mostly vegetarian diet, or even simply cutting down meat consumption to within accepted health guidelines, would make a large dent in greenhouse gases. Reducing methane emissions from all major sources, including animal agriculture, is our best chance to slow climate change over the next 20 years.
What we eat and drink makes up about half of our water footprint. The production of a meat-based diet typically consumes twice the amount of fresh water as compared to a healthy plant-based diet. Eating plant-rich diets could allow the same volume of water to feed two people instead of one, with no loss in overall nutrition.
One of the quickest and cheapest ways to reduce the annual emissions of greenhouse gases is to stop the destruction of our forests.
A leading cause of deforestation is our unsustainable and growing demand for meat & animal products.
Farmed animal waste is 130 times more toxic than human waste! With global livestock producing an estimated 13 billion tons of waste every year, the problem of what to do with it is increasing.
Switching to plant-rich diets will free up massive amounts of land used by animal agriculture that we must repurpose to increase the drawdown of GHGs (via land regeneration, forest protection & other drawdown strategies).
15 out of 24 important ecosystem services are assessed as in decline, leading to the extinction of around one hundred species each day, with livestock identified as a major culprit.
Coral reefs, shellfish, and top predators such as tuna could be devastated as human carbon-dioxide emissions continue to acidify the world's oceans.
Ocean acidification is occurring because too much carbon dioxide is being released into the atmosphere. 30–40% of the carbon dioxide produced from human activity dissolves into oceans, rivers and lakes.
In just 55 years, humans have wiped out 90 percent of the ocean’s top predators (sharks, bluefin tuna, swordfish, marlin, and king mackerel).
It’s predicted that if current fishing rates continue, all the world’s fisheries will have collapsed by the year 2048.
The carbon opportunity cost of animal sourced protein on land - Harvard Law School - ALPP
Making the connection between animal-based diets & increasing water scarcity - Truth or Drought
Food choice versus eating local - Our World in Data
Sustainable Diets: What You Need to Know in 12 Charts - World Resources Institute