Brace yourself. The earth’s temperature was off the charts last month. Last month was the planet’s hottest June on record by a huge margin. More recently, the Fourth of July was the hottest day on earth in as many as 125,000 years—breaking a record set the day before.
While natural variations may be able to explain part of it, few climatologist would deny that human activity is the driving force towards global warming. But which human activity is the biggest driver of global warming? The answer may surprise you and even many environmentalists are in denial about it. It’s raising meat.
According to a UN report, raising meat causes more global warming than all the cars, trucks, trains, planes, boats and ships in the world put together. A report by scientists at the World Bank and published in Foreign Affairs magazine, stated that raising meat causes more global warming than all other causes put together. Why don’t we know about this? Because major news organizations won’t tell us.
A review of 1,000 articles found that the vast majority – 93 percent – fail to even mention animal agriculture at all. In most articles, the writers downplayed the effectiveness of plant-based diets on tackling the climate crisis, the study found. The mention of dietary changes away from meat and dairy and toward plant-based nutrition was rarely mentioned at all. Of course, there are bright spots. Former Vice President Al Gore faced reality and became a vegan himself.
Since we raise over 60 billion farm animals and catch over 2 trillion fish every year, of course there are going to be consequences. Did we think we could all do that without impacting the environment? Fortunately we are not helpless and we have a choice. Following a plant-based diet is a powerful action each of us can take to fight global warming and sustain the environment. Learn more: