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Seeing the needs of the whole is the opposite of egotism. Change your perspective on life from private to united in heart. The World Health Organization reported that 6 million children starved to death in 2009.1 The Berkeley, California City Council declared the climate emergency is worse than the World War II emergency.2

Most scientists’ analysis of a widely cited United Nations report3 indicates that animal agriculture (AAg) comprises 30-51% of greenhouse gases.4-7 Moreover, converting AAg land use to vegan use a) could stop climate change8 and b) will significantly reduce world hunger.9 Here's how:

  • Meat and dairy eating requires 5-15 times more land than veganism,10
  • AAg consumes 45% of the land mass of Earth,11,12
  • Reforestation of 41% of the extra land will sequester huge sums of carbon – more than the carbon released from 1750 – 2015.13

This was all explained to the European Parliament.14 The UN Environment Programme urged the whole world to go vegan by 2050.15 But that's too late; we only have 5-8 years!16

Climate Change Reversal Program

  • Step 1:

    Attend a Climate Change Reversal Event such as a pizza party. (Alternatively, you may cover the material on your own or virtually with others who play the videos simultaneously.) In the event, the host presents the free online material in 2 hours and 15 minutes as follows:

    1. Play Video 1: Inspiring the Great Transition.
      1. Make the connection between a plant-based diet, reforestation, and crucial carbon sequestration.
    2. Play Video 2: Food Choice and Sustainability
      1. Familiarize yourself with global depletion, animal agriculture, and urgent timelines.
    3. 10 Minute Break
    4. Read Article 1 and Article 2.
      1. Each participant reads the two articles.
    5. Play Video 3: Call to Action
      1. Understand the game plan around food choice, energy use and spreading the word to advance a brighter future.

  • Step 2:

    Read Article 3, Article 4 and Article 5.

  • Step 3:

    Submit your goals in the form at the bottom of Article 5.

REFERENCES

  1. Rifkin, J. “The World’s Problems on a Plate,” The Guardian, May 17, 2002.
  2. Re, Gregg “Berkeley declares ‘climate emergency’ worse than WWII,” June 14, 2018. Fox news / New York Post.
  3. "Livestock's Long Shadow: environmental issues and options". Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Rome 2006.
  4. Goodland, R Anhang, J. “Livestock and Climate Change: What if the key actors in climate change were pigs, chickens and cows?” WorldWatch. November/December 2009.

  5. Hickman, Martin. "Study claims meat creates half of all greenhouse gases". Independent. November 2009.
  6. Hyner, Christopher. "A Leading Cause of Everything: One Industry That Is Destroying Our Planet and Our Ability to Thrive on It". Georgetown Environmental Law Review. October 23, 2015.
  7. Raloff, J. “AAAS: Climate-Friendly Dining…Meats. The Carbon Footprints of Raising Livestock for Food.” Science News. February 15, 2009.
  8. Rao, Sailesh et al., “The Lifestyle Carbon Dividend: Assessment of the Carbon Sequestration Potential of Grasslands and Pasturelands Reverted to Native Forests,” AGU Fall Meeting, December 14-18, 2015.
  9. Rifkin (n. 1) (“In the US, 157 million metric tons of cereal, legumes and vegetable protein suitable for human use is fed to livestock to produce 28 million metric tons of animal protein for annual human consumption.”).
  10. Rifkin (n. 1).
  11. Thornton, Phillip, et al. "Livestock and climate change". Livestock xchange. International Livestock Research Institute. November 2011.
  12. Smith, Pete & Bustamante, Mercedes, et al. "Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU)". Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Chapter 11.
  13. Rao (n. 9).
  14. Rao, Sailesh. “Sailesh Rao's presentation to EU Parliament before Cowspiracy Screening (part 3 of 7)” youtube.com 2015.
  15. Carus, Felicity. “UN urges global move to meat and dairy-free diet” The Guardian. June 2, 2010.
  16. Oppenlander, Richard. “Plant Based Symposium: Richard Oppenlander” youtube.com 2017

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