Usually, when we make big life changes, such as deciding to become a parent, making a career change or relocating, we have strong motivation to do so.
Long term dietary changes are no different, and making the change from an animal-based diet to a vegan diet, is high on the list of big life changes.
People have various reasons for becoming vegan.
Some do it make a stand against animal cruelty. Some do it to improve their health. But did you know that going vegan can be the single most important thing you can to help save the planet.
If there was ever a reason to go vegan, helping to preserve the planet would be it.
After watching the documentary An Inconvenient Truth, a film about the catastrophic impacts of global warming, Andersen was compelled to do his part for climate change and began following the advice from all of the major environmental organizations on how to best help the planet.
Rising sea levels, as a result of the alarming rate at which the Arctic ice caps are melting, are something we are all aware of and despite resistance, the science cannot be disputed.
We as a species, are influencing the climate. CO2 gasses released into the atmosphere are the result of human modern living, which in turn, is the primary cause of climate change.
Back in 2006, Andersen began making incremental changes to his lifestyle based on the evidence that was being publicized. He, like most of us, was led to believe the automative industries were the biggest contributors, most responsible for climate change.
Kip began spending less time in the shower, he ensured he always switched off the lights and he rode his bike everywhere, in a bid to do his part towards reducing climate change.
When Kip found out that animal agriculture is the leading cause of environmental destruction, he was both shocked and angered.
This drove him to go on a mission to seek out the top charities, organizations and authorities to question them over these new radical claims.
He discovered that there was a nation-wide cover up, created to disguise the real reason behind climate change and its causes.
This discovery led him and filmmaker Keegan Kuhn to produce the award winning documentary Cowspiracy, in which they both travelled around the United States, interviewing government officials, major charities and organizations on the matter of animal agriculture and its role in climate change.
As mentioned, most of us are led to believe that the transport industry is the major contributor towards greenhouse gas emissions.
Exhaust fumes from fossil fuels, which are burned for the road, air, rail and marine transportation industries, account for 13% of all greenhouse gas emissions.
Livestock and their byproducts, on the other hand, contribute to at least 51% of all world-wide greenhouse gas emissions.
This equates to 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year!
When you consider this, and the fact that methane (cow farts) is 25-100 times more destructive than CO2, over a 20-year time frame, it should come as no surprise that by abandoning animal products and adopting a more environmentally friendly, vegan-based lifestyle, you are making the single most biggest step towards helping to save the planet from the effects of rising sea levels, temperatures and increasing natural disasters.
The destructive consequences of climate change, such as the flooding and mass relocation that can be seen in countries such as Bangladesh are starting to surface on a global level.
Storms are becoming stronger, drought is increasing, wild fires are becoming more intense and the landscape around us is rapidly changing.
According to National Geographic, 70% of earth’s land animals & plants live in the forest.
Deforestation, a major impact of raising cattle and growing its feed, is destroying millions of these animal, plant and insect species, by pulling down the forests, their home.
Not only are the living species being effected, but soils are drying out as a result of over exposure to the suns warming rays. This is effecting crop growth, soil mineral absorption and warming up the surface, again resulting in mass species needing to relocate because of the rising temperatures.
Trees can absorb 48lb of CO2 per year and thus by cutting them down, we are destroying the very things that are storing huge amounts of greenhouse gases over a life-time, that can last from hundreds to thousands of years.
To impact matter further, by chopping the trees down in bulk, we are inadvertently releasing massive amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere in one go..
A SIMPLE YET EFFECTIVE SOLUTION
So what can we do about deforestation and its impacts? The simple answer is to stop cutting down trees.
But why are we cutting trees down?
One reason is to produce wood and paper. Another reason is to make room to raise livestock and grow grains to feed the livestock.
By abandoning animals products, we are making a direct impact on climate change. Nothing will reverse the effects of climate change more, than choosing to boycott all animal products.
In 2010 the UN urged a global move to remove dairy and meat from our diets but little has changed. The media, food industries and mega corporations are convincing the public that, either climate change is a hoax, or that animal agriculture has nothing to do with it.
THERE IS MORE AT STAKE THAN OUR ATMOSPHERE
Choosing to go vegan will not only contribute toward less CO2 omissions being pumped into the atmosphere as a result of deforestation, which is a direct result of animal agriculture, but it will ensure that millions of species of animals, plants and insects, remain on this planet, continuing to contribute towards the eco system.
Choosing a vegan lifestyle to ensure that no animals are not harmed is a extremely good reason to make the change.
Some people turn a blind eye to the horrific atrocities the food and farming industries are committing towards animals, but no one can refute the fact that, regardless of whether or not you believe the animals are treated badly, which is clear cut and 100% evidence based, the animals are being unnecessarily bred for the sake of humans.
However you want to look at it, the animals are being grown in factories, or in fields, and are then slaughtered for the sole benefit of providing, meat, dairy, clothing and leather materials.
Many people claim that we need protein, specifically, animal protein, to survive, but where do you think the cow gets it’s protein? Naturally, it gets it from grass! This is the very same place in which we must get it, from plants!
We live in a day and age where we simply do not need to kill animals to survive.
It is possible, that depending on where we habituated on the planet thousands of years ago, that plants may not have been abundant and that our only food options were animals. Today however, this is simply not the case.
There is an abundance of food available on the planet at this time, and we have no valid reason to grow animals, destroy the forests, change the climate and mindlessly kill another species for the sake of protein or whatever other false claims are made.
Meat activists and the agriculture industry are brainwashing people into believing such sources of food are necessary.
ONE CHOICE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD FOREVER
By choosing to adopt a plant-based, vegan lifestyle, we are not only saving the lives of millions of innocent species, which includes, fish, insects and animals that rely on the forests, but we are making a real impact in our efforts to slow down the irrefutable, devastating effects of climate change.
If we do not take drastic action within the next few years, we are going to suffer irreversible consequences, just so we can enjoy a beef burger or drink a milkshake.
There are so many benefits to adopting a vegan lifestyle, but doing it for the sake of all species on the planet, including, animal, marine, plant and human, is a no-brainer.
With the future of our species and the planet in the balance, choosing to go vegan, becomes less of an educated choice and more of an absolute necessity.
Go green, go Vegan.
Article written by Michael-Angelo Drake
Creator of InfinityInspired.com a resource designed to increase productivity, inspire positive change, educate on fitness and nutrition and motivate happiness.