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Super Storms, Climate Change, and Meat Consumption

Climate Change–>Super Storms

Not even ten days after Hurricane Sandy the “largest Atlantic hurricane on record,” the NY and NJ areas are facing the devastation of a vicious snow storm, the nor’easter. Katrina, the drought, and now these storms are bringing the reality of climate change and global warming to U.S. headlines.

What may have gone unnoticed by many of us is the cyclone that hit India at the same time as Sandy. Now we are witnessing both consecutive and simultaneous natural disasters around the world.

Unfortunately, this comes as little surprise to those who heed the warnings of climate scientists. And while there are some who remain resistant and/or apathetic to the notion of climate change, it is getting harder and harder to dispute that climate change is a clear and present danger, both nationally and globally.

As the Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, states:

“It’s a longer conversation, but I think part of learning from this is the recognition that climate change is a reality, extreme weather is a reality. It is a reality that we are vulnerable.”

We also have thought leaders like George Lakoff positing that Global Warming Systematically Caused Hurricane Sandy.

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Meat Consumption–>Climate Change

But what are we willing to do about it?

As is standard practice, neither Cuomo nor Lakoff mentioned the easiest and most commonsense act of reducing our consumption of animal products.

We hope these horrific storms and the other ravages of severe and changing climate have leaders and the public connect the dots between livestock, its role in climate change, and what we must do to mitigate the effects.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions: According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s report, Livestock’s Long Shadow, the livestock industry contributes more greenhouse gas emissions than ALL transportation combined. When considered over a 20-year time frame instead of 100-years, the number drastically increases. An article in World Watch Magazine puts the figure at 51%.

Deforestation: According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, Grade A Choice? Solutions for Deforestation-Free Meat, the increasing global demand for meat has led to deforestation for grazing pastures and livestock feed production.

Deforestation is especially important because we’re losing massive amounts of our photosynthetic capabilities (the primary way to actually reverse global warming, not just slow its growth).

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Help Storm Victims Now!

At A Well-Fed World, in addition to our advocacy and program work, we raise funds for emergency actions.

To assist those harmed by Hurricane Sandy and now the nor’easter, we’ve raised $1750 in just three days to add to our initial contribution $3500, for a current total of $5250.

There’s still more to do. Volunteers are on the ground organizing mobile kitchens and distributing hot vegan meals to those in need. Find out details at www.awfw.org/relief or donate now to increase our contribution and help us help them. Thank you!

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