Author Bio: Rebecca Sykes is a recent college graduate who obtained a bachelor degree in communications. She is a writer, who hopes to influence people to change what is on their lifestyle to a vegan one. She is a passionate vegan who educates others on this wonderful lifestyle, whether that be posting articles written by PETA or Mercy For Animals on Facebook or just having a discussion with others on how important a vegan lifestyle is. You can follow her on her vegan Instagram blog @Got_Vegan.
It is hard to deny that climate change is a hoax.
Each year I can feel the weather changing drastically whether the summers last until November or the drought is continually in affect, I worry for the future. According to NASA, nine of the ten warmest years on record occurred since 2000.
The global temperature has raised 1.7 degrees Fahrenheit since 1880. I transitioned into the vegan lifestyle over a year ago for the animals. Now I am proud to be vegan for Mother Nature due to the alarming affect animal agriculture has on our planet earth.
On NASA’s website, a page is reserved for Climate Change and Global Warming. NASA included carbon dioxide “levels in the air are at their highest in 650,000 years.” Carbon Dioxide, CO2, is a naturally occurring gas that is being highly emitted by human activity. This is where the meat industry comes into place.
One of the contributing factors to climate change and animal agriculture is the rainforests. 136 million rainforest acres are destroyed to generate animal agriculture according to Monga Bay. Animal agriculture is responsible for up to 91% of Amazon destruction according to World Bank. Destroying rainforests and the trees is detrimental to our environment.
Photosynthesis, a process that removes CO2 from the atmosphere and then reintroduces oxygen back into the atmosphere, is not happening due to the amount of trees being destroyed. Due to the “slash and burn” technique used to destroy the trees, which releases CO2 into the atmosphere. This is all done for what, satisfying western countries appetite for meat?
Another topic people forget is cows produce methane, which is a major contributing factor to greenhouse gas impact. Cows produce “150 billion gallons of methane per day,” International Business Times, 2013. Not to mention, “livestock is responsible for 65% of all human-relate emissions of nitrous oxide- a greenhouse gas with 296 times the global warming potential of CO2, and which stays in the atmosphere for 150 years,” Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2006.
According to the popular documentary on veganism, Cowspiracy writes
“each day, a person who eats a vegan diet saves 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 sq. ft. of forested land, 20 lbs. CO2 equivalent and one animals life.” Also a person who lives a vegan lifestyle produces the equivalent of 50% less CO2!
If one is considering giving up meat and sticking to fish, you must know we could see fishless oceans by 2048 due to 90-100 million tons of fish being pulled from the ocean each year and other contributing factors according to National Geographic. Animal agriculture has plays into affect for the fishless ocean theory due to poisonous waterways by the amount of “pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers used in the production of feed crops” that lead into the ocean where fish are, according to Cowspiracy.
However, vegans must pay attention and to not forget about palm oil production. According to Cowspiracy, “26 million rainforest acres have been cleared for palm oil production.” Personally I have forgotten about how palm oil is dangerous to the environment due to rainforests being destroyed.
Recently I was at Disneyland and they have these vegan cookies you can purchase. They say vegan on the back but recently I discovered the palm oil ingredient on the ingredients. I have been vegan for over a year now and I am still learning. Veganism is not only a lifestyle but also a learning process. One must not be discouraged if you accidentally have something with animal products in it; at least you are trying to make a difference.