On my commute in to work today I was trucking along, listening to NPR like usual to pass the time. Except it was different. I started to get mad. Like really angry. I don’t know if a news story on NPR has affected me like this in a long time – or ever, for that matter.
As I listened to the news about the aftermath of the typhoon and how they have had little to no relief in the past few days, I was saddened. I thought about how much I would like to send aid to these communities that have gone through this tragedy. I decided I would send some relief money to one of the charities like CARE to help out, but then my wheels kept on turning.
I started thinking that there has to be another way. How can we stop major natural disasters like this one in the Philippines from happening in the first place? And that’s when I got mad. There is a way to reverse the effects that we’ve had on our planet. And, it’s super simple. Stop eating meat. I know this is where many of you might tune me out, but if you want to really make a difference, and truly make an impact on our world, keep on reading.
We are destroying our Earth and putting people through this agony, for what? Another piece of beef for your hamburger bun? For another slice of shredded cheese on top of your tacos? Do you know how crazy and selfish that sounds? It’s ridiculous how people can be so blind and not see what’s right in front of them. The facts are there, and we cannot deny it any longer. Although the negative consequences factory farming has on our environment is cited in numerous research articles and studies, I decided to quote Mercy for Animals from their most recent article about the disaster:
“Since 2006, when the UN released its groundbreaking report Livestock’s Long Shadow, the world has been made aware of the fact that there is no greater contributor to climate change than animal agriculture. In fact, it was discovered that raising animals for food creates more greenhouse gases than all the transportation in the world combined.”
Still don’t believe that climate change is a real thing and is actually happening? I can’t put it any better than Naderev Sano, commissioner for the Philippines climate change commission and head of the Philippines delegation to the UN climate. Sano recently said in an appeal to urge the world to take action against climate change:
“To anyone who continues to deny the reality that is climate change, I dare them to get off their ivory towers and away from the comfort of their armchairs. I dare them to go to the islands of the Pacific, the islands of the Caribbean and the islands of the Indian ocean and see the impacts of rising sea levels; to the mountainous regions of the Himalayas and the Andes to see communities confronting glacial floods, to the Arctic where communities grapple with the fast dwindling polar ice caps, to the large deltas of the Mekong, the Ganges, the Amazon, and the Nile where lives and livelihoods are drowned, to the hills of Central America that confronts similar monstrous hurricanes, to the vast savannas of Africa where climate change has likewise become a matter of life and death as food and water becomes scarce.
Not to forget the massive hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico and the eastern seaboard of North America. And if that is not enough, they may want to pay a visit to the Philippines right now.“
So, excuse me for being the scared chicken in the room squawking that the sky is falling, but we need to take control of our actions and start taking care of the planet. It’s as simple as eating meatless meals for just one day out of the entire week. It’s up to you – keep eating that greasy planet-destroying cheeseburger or sub it out for a non-hazardous, environmentally-friendly veggie burger. What’s it going to be?