Walking around East Halls lately, some may have noticed a multitude of bright and colorful advertisements plastered on the walls throughout the commons. They concern the issue of global warming, climate change, and pollution. Some of these signs read “save our oceans” or “conserve water” or “It’s our choice.” Interestingly enough, 75 percent of Americans would consider themselves to be environmentalists, as these ads portray, and they would agree that there’s a huge epidemic which we and the rest of the world, are currently confronting. However, most people don’t even know how to counteract climate change, let alone what caused it. Yes, we’ve all heard it before- take shorter showers, ride your bike to work/school, use a reusable water bottle- the list goes on and on. However, wouldn’t it be convenient if there was one simple cure for the epidemic? In fact, there is.
Yes you guessed it, the one simple cure is this: it’s to stop consuming animal products. Meat production contributes to…
The leveling of 80% of Amazonian rain forest
The wasting of 15 trillion gallons of water per year
Producing 130 times as much waste (poop) as that of the entire U.S. population
51 percent of all greenhouse gases in our atmosphere
If just one person goes vegan for one day that person is able to save about
3,000 gallons of water
Think about the amount of water it takes to grow the crops to feed the animal in addition to providing water for the animals to drink.
You can take regular showers within the time period of 6 months with that much water!
16 pounds of grain
We put far more energy into animals per unit of food than we do for any plant crop. The reason is that cattle consume 16 times as much grain as they produce meat.
To me, the facts are simply mind blowing. However, the point here is not to throw random facts at you. Instead, its interesting to discuss why we haven’t been told this. Is the government and environmental groups including Greenpeace, Sierra Club, Surfrider Foundation, and Rainforest Action Network trying to hide the facts from us?
The answers lie in one of my favorite documentaries, Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret. It shows the journey of filmmaker Kip Andersen as he discovers, uncovers, and documents how huge environmental groups are shying away from the question “Well, what about animal agriculture?” Interestingly enough, when he does approach representatives from leaders of the environmentalist movement, they “don’t feel comfortable answering” the question, or blame it on “cow poop,’ which is correct, but not a sufficient answer.
To them, the main concern is oil production and consumption, along with fracking being the latest hot topic. They do not want to address the “animal agriculture” issue, because at the end of the day, they are companies. And no company wants to stop making money, despite what they do or sell. They essentially tell us that we don’t need to change our lifestyles, but from time to time, its necessary. According to Cowspiracy, these companies are really good at creating the idea of the “victim and perpetrator” situation. How could these organizations not know? The issue is right in front of them, unmistakably.
About 75 percent of Americans consider themselves to be environmentalists. However, only 3.2 percent of Americans are vegetarian or vegan. Nobody want to hear it, nobody wants to change what they’ve been happily doing for their entire lives. Change is uncomfortable and scary. However, we as a planet have come to a tipping point where we have to be cognizant and we have to realize we have to take action.
The environmental reasons for becoming vegan were no where near my reasoning. Now that I have been fully educated, not only by this documentary, but from other highly renowned vegan organizations and representatives, the only way I can live this life sustainabily and ethically on this planet with 7 billion other people is to fulfill the vegan lifestyle.