This Earth Day, we need to remember it’s now or never to move towards a renewable and sustainable future. A new study found devastating increases in global greenhouse gas emissions and says that the world has less than ten years to make a drastic change to combat global warming.

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, emissions dropped because people were not leaving their houses or driving. However, once the economy was back on and restrictions were lifted, the emissions once again went up. Many said that the pandemic would have been the perfect time to switch to renewable energy and clean energy sources, but we missed the mark.

The carbon budget is the amount of carbon dioxide that can be released into the atmosphere before reaching 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has set the carbon budget goal, and numerous studies have found that anything above that will be devastating for the planet.

To achieve the carbon budget, the IPCC has estimated that there needs to be a 45 percent cut in global greenhouse emissions by 2030 to reach net zero by 2050. The new study calculated that 1.5 degrees Celcius of warming will be reached in or before 2031 if we continue living like we are.

Despite the numerous warnings that are coming from studies like this, emissions are still on the rise. Last year, emissions rose 6 to 7 percent in the United States, the European Union, and the United Kingdom. Despite these countries agreeing to many measures to drive down emissions, they continue to rise. Then to top it all off, a report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) found that coal use surged in 2021, accounting for 40 percent of the increase in emissions during the year.

While most people believe that transportation is the leading cause of these emissions, many don’t know that the livestock industry accounts for more emissions than the entire transportation sector. That means that animals grown for meat cause more emissions than cars, boats, trains, planes, etc.

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It is still important to cut emissions in all areas of your life, like choosing public transportation and flying less. However, the fact remains that the best thing you can do for the environment (and your health for that matter) is to stop eating animal products. Hopefully, this new report will give governments and companies the nudge they need to make something happen, greatly reduce their carbon footprints, and switch to renewable energy.

Happy Earth Day and remember to do your part to fight climate change! Check out 11 Green Pledges to Take for Earth Day and 10 Ways to Adopt a Zero Waste Lifestyle This Earth Day!

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