Day 3: Go vegan before 6pm

If everyone in the world went vegan we’d reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 10 billion tons per year.

The raising, feeding and processing of livestock produce a lot of greenhouse gases. The meat industry accounts for 20% of global emissions1.
The entire system of food production, such as the use of farming machinery, spraying of fertilizer and transportation of products, causes 17.3bn metric tonnes of greenhouse gases a year2
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By some estimations, if everyone in the world went vegan we’d reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly a third.
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How exactly does going vegan reduce climate change?

Going vegan can help mitigate climate change in several ways, primarily by reducing the environmental impact associated with animal agriculture. Here are some key ways in which adopting a vegan diet can contribute to combating climate change:

  1. Reduced greenhouse gas emissions: The livestock sector is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, particularly methane and nitrous oxide. Methane is produced by ruminant animals like cattle and sheep during digestion, and nitrous oxide is released from manure and fertilizers. By eliminating or reducing meat and dairy consumption, vegans can help lower these emissions.
  2. Land use efficiency: Animal agriculture requires vast amounts of land for grazing and growing feed crops. Clearing land for livestock farming contributes to deforestation and habitat loss, which release stored carbon into the atmosphere. A vegan diet typically requires less land because it focuses on plant-based foods directly consumed by humans, reducing the pressure on forests and ecosystems.
  3. Water conservation: Animal agriculture is a water-intensive industry, as it takes a significant amount of water to raise and process animals for food. Choosing a vegan diet reduces the water footprint associated with food production since plant-based foods generally require less water compared to animal products.
  4. Reduced energy consumption: Producing and processing animal products consumes more energy compared to plant-based foods. This includes energy for feed production, transportation, and the operation of processing facilities. A vegan diet typically has a lower overall energy footprint.
  5. Decreased pollution: Animal agriculture contributes to water and air pollution through the release of excess nutrients, antibiotics, and hormones into the environment. By reducing the demand for animal products, vegans can help minimize these pollution sources.
  6. Preservation of biodiversity: The expansion of livestock farming often results in the destruction of natural habitats, which can lead to the loss of biodiversity. Adopting a vegan diet can help reduce the demand for land conversion and minimize the negative impact on wildlife and ecosystems.
  7. Mitigating the carbon footprint of food transportation: A vegan diet can also reduce the need for long-distance transportation of animal feed and livestock, which can lower greenhouse gas emissions associated with food distribution.

It’s important to note that while going vegan can have a positive impact on reducing one’s carbon footprint, other lifestyle changes and sustainable practices, such as reducing overall food waste, conserving energy, and supporting local and sustainable agriculture, are also crucial in addressing climate change. Individual dietary choices are just one part of a larger solution to combat climate change, but they can make a meaningful contribution when combined with broader efforts to reduce emissions and promote sustainability.

Footnotes

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Be tolerant with others and strict with yourself Marcus Aurelius
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Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced James Baldwin

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