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Turn vego to save planet: Gore

Vegetarians can save the planet

Updated: 08:37, Thursday November 5, 2009

Vegetarians can save the planet

We’ve always been told to eat our greens, but now there’s another incentive - saving the planet.

Climate change campaigner Al Gore believes turning vegetarian could aid the battle against global warming.

But he’s stopped short of asking everyone to turn their back on meat, acknowledging getting a global agreement on fighting climate change is already hard enough.

The former US vice-president turned environmental campaigner said on Wednesday he agreed with the UK’s Nicholas Stern that meat eaters have contributed greatly to increased global carbon emissions.

“I’m not a vegetarian, but I have cut back sharply on the meat that I eat,” he told ABC Television from New York.

“It’s absolutely correct that the growing meat intensity of diets around the world is one of the issues connected to this global crisis - not only because of the CO2 involved, but also because of the water consumed in the process.

“You could add in the health consequences as well.”

Substituting more fruit and vegetables in an everyday diet was the responsible thing to do, he said.

“I’ve made those changes, and while I don’t go quite as far as Nick saying everybody should become a vegetarian - partly because it’s difficult enough to get the agreement without adding that on top of it - it is a legitimate point of view.”

Fruit and vegetables aside, Mr Gore was confident a global agreement can be reached when the world’s leaders meet in Copenhagen for climate change talks.

“I think we have an excellent chance of getting a framework agreement that’s binding and puts us on the right road,” he said.

Much depended on the US’s ability to pass climate change legislation before December, but he said the odds were favourable that would happen.

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Source:

http://www.skynews.com.au/offbeat/article.aspx?id=390502

http://www.abc.net.au/news/video/2009/11/05/2733587.htm (interview, video)

Deforestation in the Amazon

Amazon Basin

Amazon Basin

Between May 2000 and August 2006, Brazil

lost nearly 150,000 square kilometers of forest—an area larger than Greece—and since 1970, over 600,000 square kilometers (232,000 square miles) of Amazon rainforest have been destroyed. Why is Brazil losing so much forest? What can be done to slow deforestation?

Why is the Brazilian Amazon being Destroyed?

In many tropical countries, the majority of deforestation results from the actions of poor subsistence cultivators. However, in Brazil only about one-third of recent deforestation can be linked to “shifted” cultivators. Historically a large portion of deforestation in Brazil can be attributed to land clearing for pastureland by commercial and speculative interests, misguided government policies, inappropriate World Bank projects, and commercial exploitation of forest resources. For effective action it is imperative that these issues be addressed. Focusing solely on the promotion of sustainable use by local people would neglect the most important forces behind deforestation in Brazil.
Brazilian deforestation is strongly correlated to the economic health of the country: the decline in deforestation from 1988-1991 nicely matched the economic slowdown during the same period, while the rocketing rate of deforestation from 1993-1998 paralleled Brazil’s period of rapid economic growth. During lean times, ranchers and developers do not have the cash to rapidly expand their pasturelands and operations, while the government lacks funds to sponsor highways and colonization programs and grant tax breaks and subsidies to forest exploiters.

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URGENCY - Climage Change IS Happening Now!

“We are all toast if we don’t get on another path.”
James Hansen, Director of the NASA Goddard Institute of Space Sciences

“We have 18 months left to halt global warming.” (May, 2008)
His Royal Highness Prince Charles, Prince of Wales

“We are so close to the red line, we may wake up tomorrow and discover
there is nothing left to save.”
Maneka Gandhi, Former Indian Environment Minister

“We are in a planetary emergency.”
Al Gore, former US Vice President

RESOURCES:
NASA Scientist: Fix Climate or 'We're Toast'
(Live Science)
Prince Charles: Eighteen months to stop climate change disaster
(Telegraph)
The world may have nothing left to save tomorrow: Maneka Gandhi
(India eNews)
Al Gore: "Planetary Emergency!"
(Fog City Journal)

Water Pollution

Water Pollution

Water Pollution

1.3 billion tons of animal waste produced in the U.S.

Pollution strength up to 160 times greater than raw municipal waste.

Animal wastes contribute to large oceanic “dead zones,” which extended to nearly 7,903 sq. miles in the Gulf of Mexico during Summer of 2007.

In the U.S. alone, livestock is responsible for:

  • 55% of erosion and sediment
  • 37% of pesticide use
  • 50% of antibiotic use
  • 33% of nitrogen and phosphorus in freshwater
RESOURCES:
America's Animal Factories
How States Fail to Prevent Pollution from Livestock Wast
(Natural Resources Defense Council)
NOAA and Louisiana Scientists Predict
Largest Gulf of Mexico “Dead Zone” on Record This Summer
(National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
Livestock’s Long Shadow(executive summary, p.xxii)
(UN Food and Agriculture Organization, 2007)

 

Written by MEATtheFACTS.org

September 22nd, 2008 at 12:49 am