So you watched Game Changers on Netflix and became vegan because it has the potential to make you ‘fitter and healthier’ but guess what you can also save the planet by turning vegan! Sounds like an exaggeration to you, but I can assure you that there’s so many studies supporting the link between animal agriculture and climate change.
The reason I’m writing this is to really educate anyone that wants to learn how to save the planet as I do get a number of questions surrounding this topic on a day to day basis. Every single one of us makes an environmental impact on our Planet and our lifestyle affects how significant this impact can be.
Even if you’re not fully a vegan or you are a meat eater, a small transition can make a difference to the Planet! I’m hoping this article really opens your eyes to what is going on in the World, how you have the potential to make a positive contribution to the planet for this generation as well as future generations.
Turning Vegan will Help Purify The Air
Surely all the public transport causes the most air pollution? WRONG! YES I did say all modes of transports, that’s cars, buses, planes, jets, submarines, ships, helicopters and the list goes on and on. All the livestock in the world causes more pollution than all modes of transport, crazy I know.
Eat more plants, have cleaner air – Simple!
Turning Vegan will Help Reduce Energy Consumption
So much energy is used raising livestock just to kill and eat! Reason for this, it takes a lot of time to actually raise these animals and all animals need to of course to eat so they consume tonnes and tonnes of food where the land could have been used in other ways. That cheeseburger from Mcdonalds took SO much time and energy to process from a slaughterhouse to your dining table and it’s gone within seconds!
Was it Worth all that Energy?
Turning Vegan will Help Us Have Cleaner Soil
Soil erodes and is weakened by livestock. There are a number of reasons for this and one of them being deforestation.
What exactly is deforestation you ask?
Deforestation is the removal of a forest or stand of trees from land which is then converted to a non-forest use such as cattle breeding.
How is deforestation impacting the planet?
It can cause climate change, impact soil erosion, flooding, increase greenhouses gases in the atmosphere as well as it meaning there are less crops! Basically, it ‘s an all round nightmare for the Planet.
The livestock sector is a huge leading driver of global deforestation and if it continues, say goodbye to the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest- 70% has already been destroyed!
Instead of cattle breeding, a diversity of plants will lead to cleaner soil so stop cutting down trees to make room for breeding grounds! On top of this, 137 insects, animals and plant species are lost every day due to these clearings.
Turning Vegan will Help Save Water
There are so many people in the World without sufficient access to a clean water supply.
One person according to Peta can save approximately 219,000 gallons of water a year by turning vegan! That’s CRAZY. The amount of water that can be saved is a reason alone to turn vegan and these stats really hit home hard.
You’re probably wondering how does that work? Does it mean I don’t drink water, use the dishwasher or even have a shower or bath? NO! It goes back to raising animals for food as it takes 2,400 gallons of water to produce just 1 pound of meat. You’re probably think but surely water is needed to grow plants and yes you’re correct but it takes only 25 gallons to grow 1 pound of meat.
Just think about that for a second..
Turning Vegan will Help Reduce Harmful Greenhouse Gas Emissions
The production of dairy and meat is thought to be responsible for 60% of the greenhouse gas emissions produced by agriculture.
Well you may be thinking that’s OK because it feeds the World and provides us with the nutrients that we need to function? Not quite, it is responsible for less than 40% of protein produced and less than 20% dietary calories consumed.
Greenhouse gases also have a huge impact on the climate. They cause climate change by trapping heat, and they also contribute to respiratory disease from smog and air pollution. Extreme weather, food supply disruptions, and increased wildfires are other effects of climate change caused by greenhouse gases. Remember those devastating Australia’s wild bush fires at the end of last year going into January, yes that was fuelled by climate change as Australia had record-breaking high temperatures and months of severe drought. It’s estimated that 1 billion animals died.
Turning Vegan will Help Prevent Ocean Deadzones
Ever heard of an ocean deadzone?
Nor had I to be very honest until very recently. This a topic that is close to my heart being a qualified scuba diver and having a slight obsession with the underwater. Honestly, it is the most calming and beautiful experience diving and just observing the nature and wildlife around you.
Digressed a little.. Back to my point, an Ocean Dead Zone is basically an area in the ocean which has so little oxygen that marine life is unable to survive. Animal agriculture has created more than 500 around the World already! We’re going to have an ocean without fish by 2048, that’s only in 28 years! It isn’t the fish caught for food that are the biggest contributor. When these fish are caught for food, another 6 pounds of marine species are accidentally captured and killed.
Turning Vegan will help Combat World Hunger
For so many years, PETA has been saying that if everyone went vegan and we stopped feeding so many nutritious grains to farmed animals instead of to humans world hunger would virtually disappear and we would save lives.
Stats from the World Food Programme to put world hunger into perspective:
- Some 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life. That’s about one in nine people on earth
- Asia is the continent with the most hungry people – two thirds of the total. The percentage in southern Asia has fallen in recent years but in western Asia it has increased slightly
- Sub-Saharan Africa is the region with the highest prevalence (percentage of population) of hunger. One person in four there is undernourished
- One out of six children — roughly 100 million — in developing countries is underweight
- 66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world, with 23 million in Africa alone
If these stats don’t shock you or make you think twice, then I don’t know what will.
You’re probably thinking, how can turning vegan help combat hunger?
It is estimated that 700 million tons of food that could be consumed by humans goes to livestock each year. On top of that the deforestation I mentioned earlier, limits the capacity for the Earth to produce food. If more farmland could be used to grow crops for humans rather than for livestock, then more people could be fed and we could be on our way to combating world hunger. There’s going to be a point in the near future that there won’t be enough land to feed everyone and not to mention the amount of pollution would be INSANE!
In summary as well as the positive impacts that turning vegan can have on your health and morally the animals there are numerous ways that turning vegan can save the planet. To save the planet and secure the environment in the future, people will HAVE to switch over to a diet which is free of all animal products. It can do wonders for the next generation and really make a difference to the World that we live in and the World that our kids and their kid’s will have.
NOW is the time to make the change and if you have no clue where to start go check out my blog post that gives you a number of tips in transitioning to a vegan diet.
Please do leave me a comment below and let me know your thoughts! If you have any other way that turning vegan can save the planet, please do let me know. Whilst you’re at it feel free to check out my instagram..