Reduce Meat for Climate Change

After attending the Climate Strike in Cape Town I realised just how many people are passionately advocating climate justice, the community is growing exponentially! @GretaThunberg has started a truly inspirational movement.

However, it was frustrating to see so many young people eager to get involved but relying on politicians to enact the change that will reduce human effects (industry) on climate change. When I was 14, I was desperate for a quick fix solution to climate change (perhaps a millennial ‘instant gratification’ trait of mine). However there are so many things that we can do at home without going to protests and becoming militant environmentalists – everyone has their niche in the world and we need more people doing ‘normal jobs’ that choose to live in a way that is sustainable. When this happens, we will have undergone a human consciousness shift where empathy is no longer extinguished by greedy extravagance.

The biggest and most effective change you can make right now to help mitigate against the effects of climate change is to significantly reduce your meat consumption. The meat industry uses more food (agriculture) than it produces – this is an epic resource efficiency fail!

Animals Australia has created a great video about the critical point we have reached in human history. They explain that our choices no longer have just a local impact but that their effects are felt globally.

Would you like to know more about how to cook vegan and how to do it healthily? What about Zero-Waste living? Let me know in the comments below.

Cheers, Olivia X

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Cape Town Climate Strike 2019

7 comments

      • Olivia, Africa needs agriculture for consumption and export. I honestly don’t think if people stopped eating meat and dairy products climate change would be reversed. It’s just a tiny part of the solution.
        The key policy makers and investors in the fossil fuel industry are silent. Not to mention massive state nuclear programmes/tests around the world, that also contribute to climate change, probably up to 50%
        In Ghana, it’s mining that has destroyed most of our forests not livestock farming. I see agriculture as the main solution to Africa’s economic problems.

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      • I wonder what percentage contribution to climate change the African agriculture sector makes globally. I don’t know this for sure but I would guess that mining in Africa is more of a contributor to climate change than agriculture.

        I agree with you that ethical veganism isn’t the panacea to climate change but it is something that can be done right now and in your home. One doesn’t have to be disrupted from their daily lives to protest and put pressure on policy makers. However, the latter is incredibly effective as well, it just takes time and passionate people. It’s a space I am personally interested in.

        Also, I don’t believe that everyone would want to be vegan. That’s highly unrealistic. But a reduction of meat consumption will and is already making a difference. I’m advocating doing better, not being perfect.

        I think a solution to Africa’s economic problems lies in private entrepreneurship (although I pretty much love everything that Moeletsi Mbeki writes – you should read Architects of Poverty)

        What would you suggest as a practical solution to mining as a cause of climate change?

        Thanks for your comments!

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      • I wouldn’t call myself a vegan or anything in between but I eat very little processed food including meat.

        I agree, private entrepreneurship could be the engine of Africa’s economic growth. But aside the never ending need for capital, every business operates in a political environment and you will agree that unless there are political reforms, there will not be economic reforms.

        I just looked up the synopsis of Moeletse Mbeki’s book and I don’t think he is saying anything new.

        In the case of Ghana, there are already laws regulating mining but they are rarely enforced. Maybe a practical solution would be to significantly reduce mining activities, impose huge fines on offenders and use the money to rehabilitate the land, plant trees etc.

        You’re welcome!

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