Charles Darwin was certainly one of the greatest modern scientists. The naturalist is best known for his groundbreaking work “The Origin of the Species,” detailing his work on evolution by natural selection. “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change,” Darwin famously noted in his work.
And it seems like Darwin’s descendants are living up to the family name by being adaptable to change. Today, Darwin’s great-great Grandson, Christopher Darwin, is urging people to ditch meat.
Christopher first got into the advertising business but soon realized he wasn’t doing anything worthwhile with his life and he sought to figure out what his purpose was. After researching all of the world’s issues, Christopher was interested most is the mass extinction of species currently underway. He set up nature reserves to help protect the world’s most vulnerable species but after calculating his carbon footprint, he realized he is part of the problem himself.
As he states in the above video, he used to be a big meat eater but now Charle’s Darwin’s Grandson is urging people to reduce their meat consumption, stating that the animal agriculture industry is one of the biggest environmental problems facing the planet today.
Scientists just recently published a paper that calls the massive loss of wildlife a “biological annihilation” that represents a “frightening assault on the foundations of human civilization,” warning of a sixth extinction so Christopher’s timely message couldn’t come a moment sooner.
2,000 trees are chopped down in the Amazon rainforest every 60 seconds to make room for agriculture. Additionally, 1,600 of those trees are chopped down every minute just to make room for cattle to graze and to grow livestock feed. If these rates of deforestation continue, there likely won’t be any rainforests left in the next 100 years. With the animal agriculture industry being responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire transportation sector combined, we need to act now to save the planet.
Ready to join Christopher Darwin and evolve as a species by leaving meat off of your plate? You can start eating for the planet by doing nothing more than choosing a delicious plant-based meal over one laden with animal products. If you look at it from a personal perspective, you can cut your own carbon footprint in half just by leaving meat off your plate for one year. (Plus save a lot of water, redirect grain for people to eat, and help protect endangered species…)
To learn more, check out One Green Planet’s #EatForThePlanet campaign.
When we know how our everyday actions and choices impact others, we are given the power to make better choices. So remember, the choice is yours!