Mr. Joop Oude Lohuis – Team Manager, Climate and Global Sustainability unit, Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency: We are now at the point that science has more and better numbers on the effect of changing our diet and eating less meat.
A study by the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency found that global dietary change would reduce the cost of mitigating global warming.
The cost to lower atmospheric greenhouse gas levels: US$40 trillion by 2050.
• A global shift to a low-meat diet could save 50% of total mitigation cost.
• A global shift to a meat-free diet could save 70% of total cost.
• A global shift to an animal-free vegan diet would save climate mitigation costs by more than 80%.
Dr. Joop Oude Lohuis: That is a substantial cost reduction in getting to the same climate targets.
Not only governments, but individuals save too.
Mr. Joop Oude Lohuis: It’s a lot cheaper than buying photovoltaic cells on your house, or buying a hybrid car. It’s a very easy way to change your buying behavior and have a fantastic quality of your meal.
Videoconference with Supreme Master Ching Hai Save Our Earth Conference 2009 South Korea – April 26, 2009
Supreme Master Ching Hai: We still have a chance to halt global warming and should be optimistic. We don’t have much time but we still have time. We meanwhile do our best by adopting the quickest and the most efficient measure to reverse climate change. We must change to a vegan diet ourselves, so that we become a part of the solution.
To help the government to change, we can write letters explaining how a vegan diet is a solution for the planetary crisis, is the most practical way to prevent future calamities due to global warming. Because the plant-based lifestyle is more sustainable, and opens up land. It restores the balance of our ocean and forest and preserves our finite natural resources. This is truly the best way to restore our environment and ensure the highest degree of peace. Such a simple solution, being veg, that’s it.