U.N. Study Finds Air and Water Pollution Causes Millions of Deaths Each Year
In truly disturbing news, areport by the United Nations finds that air and water pollution causes millions of premature human deaths each year. Air pollution is responsible for an estimated 7 million of these yearly deaths, and pathogen-polluted water kills almost 1.5 million. A team of 250 scientists from 70 nations compiled the 740-page report over six years. They say in no uncertain terms that our situation is dire: Human behaviors threaten the very “ecological foundations of society. If we’re to have any hope of lessening the damage, we need to change our habits.
The list of environmental benefits of a plant-based diet goes on and on. Even the U.N. has acknowledged that “a substantial reduction of [environmental] impacts would only be possible with a substantial worldwide diet change away from animal products. The link is so clear that the U.N. has suggested an emissions tax on red meat. Yet far too many environmentalists and governments refuse to push the connection, either because they’re influenced by Big Ag’s lobbying dollars or because they simply don’t believe people have the power to make a change.
Well, we do.
If you’d like to do your part to keep the environment hospitable for humans and nonhuman animals alike, moving toward a plant-based diet is the single most significant action you can take.