Climate change is real guys. Regardless of what my dad or conservative politicians say, it is real. Today I want to share some of my thoughts about this in conjugation with my vegan lifestyle and then, since that will get boring quick, an easy infographic and then my meals for WIAW.
If this winter was any indication (or if California’s drought makes you think twice) the world is getting a bit warmer. This is due to greenhouse gases getting caught in the atmosphere and a bunch of other things that will make this post look like a research paper. That is not my intention because although the research is important and I could provide studies, I just want to share my thoughts and what is important to me.
My blog, my rules.
Climate change is important because warmer weather kills different animal species. This is important because the more biodiversity an ecosystem has, the better able it is to survive and thrive. Animals and plants work together and use each other harmoniously to make our earth work. Animals eat plants, then they die and become the grass. It’s the circle of life (this Mufasa in The Lion King).
Having a vegan lifestyle is important in reducing the effects of climate change because animal agriculture and industry is responsible for a large percentage of greenhouse gas and a loss of biodiversity.
Think about a forest with dozens of types of trees, animals, plants, and fungi all living together. Well, now a farm sets up next to this forest. He has a large population of cows and although they can graze on some of the plants in that forest, there isn’t enough for all of them and it takes too long for the baby cows to grow into bigger cows. The farmer needs the money from the milk and meat of the bigger cows. In order to grow more food for his cows, the farm cuts down the forest (and everything in it) and grows one crow: corn, so his cows can now eat and grow faster.
Having a corn only diet is not sufficient to keep the cows free of sickness because it is not providing all the nutrients a cow would have gotten from the diversity of the forest. In order to keep his cows healthy-ish, the farmer gives them antibiotics and hormones, which not only show up in the milk and meat, but create awful waste when the cow defecates. This toxic waste gets into the streams and rivers, polluting them and the surrounding areas.
The plants and animals in these areas also die reducing the amount of oxygen produced and increasing the amount of greenhouse gases produced on the farm.
When the farmer wants to sell his animals, they must be killed, shipped and packaged for stores hundreds of miles away. These things also contribute to the pollution in the environment and atmosphere.
Yes, I made up that story and a lot more goes into it, but as you can see, this is what I think about when I try to do what I can to reduce my carbon footprint. Did you know that by simply forgoing your next burger, you could then shower continually for 6 months and still use less water than it took to make that burger.
As with all these posts, I’m not saying my way is the highway, but I hope I’ve given you something to think about. Here is a handy infographic for you
Ok, now time for What I Ate Wednesday! Thanks to Jenn as always 🙂
[Carrot-banana protein bowl topped with coconut butter&orange/apple]
[Same as breakfast]&[mushrooms dipped in red sauce]
[Lentil and corn soup, topped with hummus and mushrooms&fruit soup]
[Some scoops of PB]
What is your favorite snack?
Have you tried mixing hummus in soup?