Animal Agriculture is Dominating Reason for Cliimate Change

Animal Agriculture is Dominating Reason for Cliimate Change

Out of our total greenhouse gas emission, we consider transport, industries, treatment plants, sewage and so on as the biggest contributors to climate change, but they are not. The most dangerous greenhouse gas contributor is our consumption of meat.

According to the documentary ‘Cowspiracy’ animal agriculture is responsible for half of the global greenhouse emissions.

A report by The Guardian said that “A research, led by scientists at the Oxford Martin School, found that shifting to a mostly vegetarian diet, or even simply cutting down meat consumption to within accepted health guidelines, would make a large dent in greenhouse gases.

Adhering to health guidelines on meat consumption could cut global food-related emissions by nearly a third by 2050, the study found, while widespread adoption of a vegetarian diet would bring down emissions by 63%.”

The report also said that our food system was responsible for over a quarter of the greenhouse gas emissions, which in turn is a major driver of climate change.

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Surprisingly, there is no plan by the United Nations to achieve that. Impact of animal agriculture, which includes meat and dairy products, on climate change is not limited to only one or two reports, but numerous researchers and scientists have come to this conclusion time and again.

Another report by Clatham House title ‘Livestock – Climate Change’s Forgotten Sector Global Public Opinion on Meat and Dairy Consumption’ aaid “The global livestock industry produces more greenhouse gas emissions than all cars, planes, trains and ships combined, but a worldwide survey by Ipsos MORI in the report finds twice as many people think transport is the biggest contributor to global warming.”

There are more than 1.5 billon cows on earth and each emits sixty five gallons of methane in a day.

What is methane?

Methane (CH4), a greenhouse gas traps 25 times more heat than carbon dioxide (CO2) in our atmosphere. To show how serious this is, you must consider that waste produced by one cow is equivalent to 160 people. And where does the waste go? In our water system which creates dead zones in them.

This is not limited to pollution of waterways and emission of more and more heat only, it’s also about deforestation being done to accommodate animals for meat and dairy production. To add to that, more than hundreds and thousands of species are getting extinct every year at a rate between 0.01 to 0.1, an unprecedented rate.

What can we do?

Firstly, make changes to our daily lives. Vegan diet is the best option. Generating awareness will definitely help, but all this must be done urgently and must be seriously followed.

We have to do it to protect our environment. Many have already started, what about you?

 

 

 

Cultural Mining – Know What you don’t know

Have you ever wondered how you came to know what you know today? From where did all these information end up in the books that you read in school and college. Even the subjects that you have mastered, do you think you know all of it? Think again, because today, most of the things that we are aware of has been filtered or in more precise words, mined.

From religion to science, knowledge as we know is the result of cultural mining. But what is cultural mining?

Cultural Mining describes the process by which the most important parts of culture, by which we understand the arts, humanity, and philosophy are recovered and made useful for our own times.

In cultural mining, the practical sides of culture, are carefully extracted, cleaned, blasted and remolded and then used to manufacture the mental tools that we need to navigate contemporary life.

Its been a historical problem that hugely valued cultural insights have often been lodged in highly unappealing material far below ground. Its been dark and cramped in corridors of culture and hardly anyone except for certain credited experts have been credited to visit.

The material, like metal in ore, is entirely practical in its raw state.

For culture to be useful and meaningful to us, it needs to go through a process of refinement. You have to separate cultural insights from lot of material surrounding it. Like in gold mining, a very little portion of what originally has been dug out will be used to make a finished precious item that our society needs, that is, good ideas.

Its around this process of refinement, the big difference between the school of life and standard universities comes apparent. We ought to be very grateful to these universities for digging the mines and keeping open the tunnels. But we have a different project.

We are interested in the extraction and the utilization of the material on the surface rather than its preservation and interpretation below ground.

The idea of cultural mining is new, still it feels a little weird. But it has a critical role to play in our world. Because at present, lots of people sadly believe that culture has anything significant to offer them. It’s not their fault, of course. When you look at the raw material in the form of which culture is generally laid out for us, no wonder most people don’t bother. That’s a huge pity. We have started doing the mining, deep in the cultural ground to help us meet the multiple confusions and anxieties of our own times.