On Friday, the Trump administration released a report containing a dire warning about climate change and its devastating impacts. Based on a federally mandated study, the report states that the economy could lose hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century, according to CNN.
Prepared by a team of 13 federal agencies and 1,000 people, including 300 leading scientists—about half from outside the government—the Fourth National Climate Assessment concludes that “human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases” are the cause of rapid climate change. The scientists found “no convincing alternative explanation” in the first volume of the two-part report.
More frequent or more intense extreme events, such as drought, wildfires, heavy rainfalls, floods, storms, and storm surges, caused by climate change “can disrupt critical public health,” the study found. The increase in temperatures caused by climate change could kill thousands. Exposure to foodborne and waterborne diseases, as well as mosquito- and tick-borne diseases, such as Zika, dengue, and chikungunya, is set to rise. Increasing temperatures will double West Nile cases by 2050.
Sadly, President Donald Trump, an outspoken nonbeliever in climate change, has stated that he “doesn’t believe” the report his own administration released.
While the study does not recommend a remedy to the problem, it does suggest immediately reducing fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions. Here’s one simple thing you can do to reduce your carbon footprint and impact on climate change right now: go vegan.
Sounds simple, right?
You see, animal agriculture is a leading contributor to climate change. In fact, raising animals for food produces more greenhouse emissions 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. Even without fossil fuels, we will exceed our 565-gigaton CO2e limit by 2030.
There is no such thing as “sustainable” meat, dairy, and eggs, and plant-based alternatives 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, fish, and other farmed animals suffer horribly. From birth to death, these poor animals are caught in a nightmare: cruelly confined, brutally mutilated, and violently killed.
If the Trump administration won’t fight to protect the planet, we should. Join the millions of people fighting climate change by switching to a vegan lifestyle. Get started today. Order your FREE Vegetarian Starter Guide and find thousands of vegan recipe ideas on our Pinterest page!