By Kristen Johnson
We recycle our plastic bottles and aluminum cans, we drive electric cars or hybrids, we eat organic vegetables, and we refuse to buy clothing and household items from companies we know are harming the environment. And yet, the one thing that we can easily do to help the environment, we refuse to do out of fear and simple inconvenience.
Currently, we have more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere than ever before in the past 800,000 years, our oceans have over 400 dead zones that are completely devoid of life because of our pollution, and 850 million people around the globe suffer from lack of food. (One Green Planet). A major cause of all of this damage? You got it – the livestock industry.
- 45% of global land is occupied by the livestock industry
- 23% of global water is used to grow livestock feed
- 14.5% of global greenhouse emissions come from livestock
- animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation and habitat loss (One Green Planet)
Simply choosing NOT to eat meat and dairy can cause a huge shift.
If every person in the U.S. were to choose more plant-based foods, we could cut our carbon footprint in half, save around 200,000 gallons of water each, and redirect enough grain from the livestock system to feed roughly 2 billion people. We have the potential to make an enormous impact. (One Green Planet)
Please join me in One Green Planet’s fight to Eat for the Planet by eating more plants, and less meat and dairy. (Or go one further and try a vegan diet – it’s been over 8 years for me now and I can assure you that you will feel amazing!)
For more information, see here: http://www.onegreenplanet.org/eatfortheplanet.
Keep in mind – God only gave us one Earth to tend, and we’re doing a miserable job of it. It’s time to get rid of the fear, stop looking for convenience and our own selfish desires, and take care of the planet!
Psalm 24:1 (NRSV): The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it;
Serve all with love.
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