Like I wrote in my previous post, I would like to contribute to FFF (Fridays for Future) in my own way: by sharing one concrete action per week that YOU can do, and which I have done, for combating climate change.
FFF week 2: Go vegan for a month #Vegabruary
WHY: Animal agriculture is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, more than the combined exhaust from all transportation. Transportation exhaust is responsible for 13% of all greenhouse gas emissions. Livestock and their byproducts account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, or 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. Livestock is responsible for 65% of all human-related emissions of nitrous oxide – a greenhouse gas with 296 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide, and which stays in the atmosphere for 150 years. Recent analyses have shown that it is unlikely global temperature rises can be kept below two degrees Celsius without a shift in global meat and dairy consumption.
WHAT CAN I DO: Try to go vegan for a month. February is the shortest month of the year and we are already on day 5, so only 23 days left! ;) Or if a month feels too much, try it for a week? Or one or two days per week?
Global meat consumption increased by 58% over the 20 years to 2018 to reach 360 million tonnes. Population growth accounted for 54% of this increase and per person consumption growth accounted for the remainder. Per person consumption was influenced most strongly by changing consumer preferences and income growth.
Imagine if we could turn around these consumer preferences and make climate friendly food as one of our priorities!
Moreover, I believe the way to making the world a better place is through love and compassion, so why not show some compassion by letting a few animals less be slaughtered for your sake this month?
Above mentioned statistics and information gained from following websites:
|Composer Cecilia Damström. Photo by Marthe Veian|