As the human-made causes of global warming are better understood, so is the solution. Meat is an extremely carbon intensive commodity. Thus, being veg is the fastest way to cool the planet. The following excerpts are just a few from scientists worldwide who confirm that reducing meat consumption is the single most effective thing an individual can do.
Dr. Dale Jamieson - Director of Environmental Studies at New York University, USA, Vegetarian (M): Reducing our meat is probably the single most effective thing that individuals can do immediately to reduce their greenhouse gas impact.
Dr. John Schellnhuber – Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany (M): It would be one of the almost silver bullets, really. It would be very good for the planet!
Dr. James Hansen – World leading climatologist, Chief of NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, USA (M): On a personal basis, perhaps the most important thing you can do is change your diet to a more vegetarian diet, because that is a major contributor to not only carbon dioxide, but also methane and other greenhouse gases.
Professor Pete Smith – Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Aberdeen (M): We could definitely have a significant dent on those agricultural greenhouse gas emissions if people consume less livestock products in the diet.
Professor Tim Lang – Professor of Food Policy at City University, Advisor to World Health Organisation (M): Meat consumption globally needs to come down; the evidence seems to point to that unequivocally; animal production is going to have to come down.
Dr. Vandana Shiva – World renowned environmental activist and author, Vegetarian (F): Definitely an absolute phasing out of factory farming and a minimizing of meat eating.
Professor Andreas Fischlin - Head of Terrestrial Systems Ecology Group, ETH Zurich (M): That’s actually true. By reducing your meat consumption, you can a make a difference.
And even good for your health!
Rebroadcast of Live Videoconference with Supreme Master Ching Hai
“Climate Change International Conference”
July 26, 2008 – West Hollywood, California, USA
Supreme Master Ching Hai: I have only one solution, that is being vegetarian, and the sooner the better, and then everything else we will have time to take care. We will have time to develop different technology, we will have time to invent new cars, we will have time to tackle many other things that right now are not that urgent as the planetary warming. Because truly it might destroy the whole planet and we will all go.
And this is still a very beautiful planet, it’s still repairable. So just one request: vegetarian diet. And that’s the best thing we can do for the planet and for our children.
Be Veg, Go Green 2 Save the Planet!