Is there a link between meat consumption and climate change?

For decades, people have been trying to stop the global warming, but there is much more than fossil fuels and taking your bike to workt o actually make a difference.

Considering that climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time, wouldn’t we want people to know the power of a simple solution that is in their own hands?

Climate change does not respect border; it does not respect who you are - rich and poor, small and big. Therefore, this is what we call 'global challenges,' which require global solidarity. ”
-Ban Ki-moon

In terms of behavioral change, reducing meat consumption might be a bit tricky. Most of the world's population is used to eating meat on a daily basis, but there is a direct link between knowledge and people's willingness of consuming it. As I like to say, knowledge is power in this case. Therefore, let's see what is all the fuss with meat and its side effects.

Love/CO2 is in the air.

Livestock is the main cause of resource consumption and environmental degradation. I bet you did not know that only a hamburger requires 660 gallons of water to produce, which is the equivalent of showering 2 entire months. Moreover, raising livestock produces more greenhouse gases than the entire transportation system. The recent landmark report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found that dietary change can “substantially lower” emissions but there is no UN plan to achieve that.

“Men argue. Nature acts.”

Humans keep many animals for food, about:

  • 23 billion chickens

  • 1.5 billion cattle

  • roughly 1 billion pigs and sheep

Earth became a giant feed ground- 83% of its farmland is used for livestock, which is 26% of earth's total land area. Unfortunately, meat production seems like a black hole for resources.

We barely see how our meat is made. We eat it and love it. And that's totally fine. If you eat meat it doesn't mean you are a bad person, as well as not eating it doesn't make you a good one.

If you decide to have a steak, enjoy it, but also respect it. And if you can, make it something special again.

̴ G.