GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS
If you recycle and carry your groceries in a tote bag, keep in mind that reducing meat consumption is an essential part a sustainable lifestyle, according to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). As much as recycling helps, it is meat consumption that is doing the most damage. Here are three BIG reasons to quit meat for good:
It’s a textbook example of killing two birds with one stone: In an effort to combat obesity while simultaneously reducing the city’s carbon footprint, the Belgian city of Ghent has collectively announced that it is going vegetarian, once a week at least.
The BBC’s Chris Mason reports that, “Starting this week, there will be a regular weekly meatless day, in which civil servants and elected councilors will opt for veggie meals.” Then, when classes resume in September, the small nation’s schoolchildren will follow suit with their own weekly ‘veggiedag.’ The United Nations posits that the livestock industry is responsible for almost twenty per cent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, so this is Ghent’s attempt to curtail some of that.
Hi. This is your conscience, here to remind you of stuff you already knew, but needed more statistics on. You know that whole environment thing? How it sucks that too many carbon emissions are entering the atmosphere and causing the bad kind of global warming? Well you can help reduce these emissions by eating less beef. Yes, you already knew that it’s because of all that stupid cattle that has nothing better to do than stand around ripping poisonous farts while waiting to be slaughtered.
But did you know that the livestock sector is estimated to be responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions and that 78 percent of these 18 percent comes from cows. Just ask Nathan Pelletier of Dalhousie University in Canada. He also says that: “If people were to simply switch from beef to chicken, emissions would be cut by 70 percent.”