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Global warming is the most clear and present danger for our lives, our safety, our wealth and for the future of our children.

President Obama decided to combat — for the first time in U.S. history — the unrestricted pollution of our atmosphere by carbon dioxide by cutting greenhouse-gas emissions from US power plants by an average of 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.

It’s a great first step which is barely needed. The 30 percent reduction represents an average. Individual states may be directed to cut carbon emissions at levels that are greater or less than that overall figure. But the combat against global warming doesn’t need 50 solutions for every state, what’s needed is one solution for 50 states.

That solution is not just about Powerplants, but can be found in a transition to Plantpower.

The Impact of Livestock on Climate Change

Livestock is a major cause of global warming. According to a 2006 report published by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the livestock sector generates more greenhouse gas emissions as measured in CO2 equivalent – 18 percent – than all cars, planes, trains, ship and trucks together.

In the report, Livestock’s Long Shadow, the FAO wrote that the global livestock sector is growing faster than any other agricultural sub-sector.  Such a rapid growth exacts a steep environmental price.

“The environmental costs per unit of livestock production must be cut by one half, just to avoid the level of damage worsening beyond its present level,” the FAO warned in 2006.

The Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet

Today scientists of Oxford University compared greenhouse gas emissions attributable to more than 55,000 meat-eaters, fish-eaters, vegetarians and vegans in the U.K. The researchers found that meat-eaters’ dietary greenhouse gas emissions were twice as high as vegans’.

Past research showed similar results. Annual agricultural carbon emissions could be reduced up to 90 percent by 2030 with agricultural adjustments, including a reduction in global beef consumption.

Scientists of Loma Linda University found the same outcomes and even more than that. A plant based diet not only helps to reduce greenhouse emissions, it also improves longevity. Different studies involving 96,000 US and Canadian men and women were conducted over the last decades.

Researchers found that the mortality rate of non-vegetarians was 20 percent higher than the mortality rate of vegetarians and semi-vegetarians.

“Throughout history, forced either by necessity or choice, large segments of the world’s population have thrived on plant-based diets,” said nutrition professor, Joan Sabate.

Now, people in emerging markets like India–with 500 million vegetarians–are developing a taste for meat, because they connect wealth with the consumption of meat and dairy.

That’s the fault of what we call ‘western civilization’. The US and Europe are the butcher and the milkman of the world, we’re exporting our mistakes planetwide.

In 2007, long before Al Gore, Bill Clinton and Bill Gates went vegan, we made a documentary about how livestock farming is connected to climate change.

Dutch politicians were furious  about us, they couldn’t believe our film Meat the Truth was evidence based. Scholars at University Wageningen checked our findings for more than three months and they had to admit: it’s all based on facts!

The Tipping Point

The world is at risk of “crossing multiple tipping points,” triggering dangerous global warming, if average surface temperatures rise by 4 degrees Celsius or more, according to the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2014 report .

Livestock isn’t only causing 30 percent of the biodiversity loss and a 20 percent higher mortality rate amongst meat eaters, it’s also the reason for a 100 percent mortality rate amongst livestock, for overfishing our oceans to feed pigs and for dramatic hunger on our planet.

Next to the 1 billion people suffering on obesity, we know that 1 billion people go to bed hungry each night, while livestock is swallowing more than 40 percent of the world’s grain harvest.

Researchers of the University of Minnesota found recently that we could feed 4 billion more with existing cropland, when we just decide to stop making animal feed or bio-fuels out of it.

Survival is not about powerplants, it’s about plantpower.

Scientists of the Free University of Amsterdam found that if all Americans did not eat meat for one day a week, they would save 99.6 megatons of greenhouse gas emissions. This would result in the same carbon savings as taking 19.2 million cars off the road in the USA!

The question is how the 44th president of the USA wants to be remembered? As the one who squeezed Powerplants? Or the one who solved the climate crisis, the biodiversity crisis, the food crisis and released animals from our food chains?

Flower power is here to stay, meat is just a big missed-steak.

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0 comments on “Global Warming: It’s not About Powerplants, it’s Merely About Plantpower”

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joseph Kaminski
3 Years Ago

FLawed science.. I agree Man is the cause. But using flawed science is not the answer. Your expressing the right problem ( MAN) with the wrong solution. Why is it flawed science? Because: (1) you are ignoring the negative effects of not eating meat (a) more farm animals remain in the Carbon creating arena as a result of consumption cutbacks. (b) The plant substitutes for meat are NOT only the ones you have chosen , some plant based substitutes that people eat create MORE methane, and carbon than meat. i.e. cabbage, beans, etc.. (2) Trying to justify vegan lifestyle by twisting facts to show it supports corrective actions to climate change is a terrible band wagon jumping plan that only serves to further hurt the climate change acceptance cause. People are not stupid and see the twisted attempt.

Timothy Anderson
3 Years Ago

"rapidly warming planet" LMFAO! "Damn the facts! We don\'t need no stinking science, we have our zealous religious-like belief that global warming is real!" - climate cultists

Haig Papasian
3 Years Ago

This article is more leftist propaganda. Tell the lie often enough and hope some gullible US citizen believes.
There is no proof that climate change is man made. Only man made computer projections. THERE IS NO HARD DATA.
Just trash articles like this.

Haig Papasian
3 Years Ago

This article is more leftist propaganda. Tell the lie often enough and hope some gullible US citizen believes.
There is no proof that climate change is man made. Only man made computer projections. THERE IS NO HARD DATA.
Just trash articles like this.

3 Years Ago

The President cannot just declare something from the periodic table a pollutant-yet he did. Carbon is NOT a pollutant. In one stroke of his magical pen he made every living CARBON BASED life form a polluter! How stupid. President Obama is not intelligent. His very actions prove it.

Dan Pangburn
3 Years Ago

Carbon dioxide is an odorless, tasteless, transparent gas that is absolutely mandatory for all life on earth. Up to at least 10 times the present atmospheric level it is harmless to humans. Change to its current level has no significant effect on climate. Calling it pollution is scientific incompetence. Calling it carbon makes it sound more ominous and distracts from attending to possible real atmospheric pollutants from coal such as particulates, mercury, NOX and sulfur (The US uses precipitators to remove these real pollutants. The Chinese… not so much).

Increased CO2 has enhanced plant growth resulting in more food.

Two natural drivers have been identified that explain measured average global temperatures since before 1900 with R^2>0.9 (95% correlation) and credible values back to 1610. Global Warming ended before 2001. The current trend is down.

Search AGW unveiled fot the method, equation, data sources, history (hind cast to 1610) and predictions (to 2037).

CO2 change is NOT one of the drivers.

01 Aug 2014

Well that goes against what REAL scientists are saying... Take that harmless co2 coming out of your car and vent it through your bedroom window at night...

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