According to Mashable, the Arctic Circle reached 90 degrees Fahrenheit, or 32 degrees Celsius, this week. Record and near-record-high temperatures have singed the Northern Hemisphere the entire summer, a clear consequence of overall rising global temperatures.
Banak, Norway, which is more than 350 miles above the bottom edge of the Arctic Circle, typically has a short "warm season,” lasting around three months. But the warmest day of the year, usually around July 23, is regularly 62 degrees Fahrenheit, about 30 degrees cooler than temperatures there now.
Don’t believe us? Just look at this picture of people taking a dip in a river while reindeer, yes, reindeer, cool off in the water beside them.
Unfortunately, climate change will only get worse. If we don’t take action now to curb carbon emissions, scientists warn, the planet faces disastrous consequences—from intensified storms and rising sea levels to the extinction of millions of species. And while not everyone can afford an electric car or solar panels, there is something we can all do: go vegan.
You see, animal agriculture is one of the leading contributors to climate change. In fact, raising animals for food produces more greenhouse gas than all the cars, planes, and other forms of transportation combined. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, carbon dioxide emissions from raising farmed animals make up about 15 percent of global human-induced emissions, with beef and milk production as the leading culprits.
What’s more, a recent study from researchers at the University of Oxford found that ditching animal products could reduce your carbon footprint by up to 73 percent. They also found that if everyone went vegan, global land use could be reduced by 75 percent. This would be comparable to the size of the United States, China, Australia, and the whole European Union combined. Let that sink in.
Similarly, a recent report from Farm Animal Investment Risk and Return found that the meat industry was jeopardizing the Paris climate agreement by failing to properly report its emissions, despite being the single largest contributor to climate change.
Since the majority of us are now on the same page when it comes to climate change, it’s time to acknowledge that there is no such thing as “sustainable” meat. All the facts prove that plant-based alternatives to meat, dairy, and eggs take a mere fraction of the resources to produce as their animal-based counterparts.
But a vegan diet isn’t just good for the planet—it also spares countless animals a lifetime of misery at factory farms. Pigs, cows, chickens, and other farmed animals suffer horribly. From birth to death, these innocent animals are caught in a nightmare: crated and caged, cut and burned, and brutally killed.
Don’t wait another minute to act on climate change. Join the millions of people helping protect farmed animals and the planet by switching to a vegan diet.