Mitigate climate change by a rapid reduction of the short lived warming gases by advocating for less meat consumption globally
To mitigate climate change by proposing reduced meat consumption globally in order to bring a rapid reduction of the short lived warming gases including: Black Carbon, Methane and Ground Level Ozone. This can be achieved by education through the already successful Meatless Monday, Meatfree Monday, Brighter Green and other global organizations. This proposal requires no financing and no government consensus. It requires only public education which can be achieved through non-profit entities.
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Most actions for mitigating climate change and slowing global warming temperatures have relied on reducing C02 emissions. C02 emissions remain in the atmosphere for hundreds of years, so even if we went completely C02 neutral today, there would still be the damaging remains of the past use of C02 lingering in the atmosphere preventing us from stopping the most damaging effects of Climate Change. We need a short term solution which will reduce short-lived warming gases to buy us the time to take the long term solution of reducing C02. Livestock production is a significate contributor to all of the short term climate forcers including: Black Carbon, Methane and Ground Level Ozone. www.dailykos.com/story/2011/09/03/1013175/-Climate-Change-Fast-Solutions-Are-All-We-Have-Left-Updated-Obama-Ozone-decision
The FAO of the United Nations released it's seminal study Livestock's Long Shadow in 2006 www.fao.org/docrep/010/a0701e/a0701e00.HTM which states that 18% of antropologic greenhouse gases are due to livestock production. To augment that study the FAO recently released their findings regarding dairy production which they attribute to 4% of antropologic GHG emissions. www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/41353/icode/ . Environmental Working Group www.ewg.org/ has also released it's recent study which accesses the environmental footprint of 20 types of meat, fish, dairy and plant protein . www.ewg.org/release/ewg-meat-eater-s-guide-spotlights-meat-s-outsize-carbon-footprint
I have been working to promote this solution for three years through blogging hosted by Daily Kos and supported by Meatless Monday www.dailykos.com/news/meatless%20monday. It has been a phenomenal success with 50% recognition and 18% participation nationally www.dailykos.com/story/2011/06/17/986069/-Front-Page-Of-The-New-York-Times,-Baby!. There are already entire countries, cities and school systems promoting reduced meat consumption. The news that global meat sales have dropped as education has increased shows the enormous portential of grassroots education. www.meatlessmonday.com/global-meat-sales-drop-as-mm-movement-rises/.
I propose a rapid acceleration of education through the existing organizations with emphasis on larger institutions and with additional emphasis on the growing economies of China and India through work with Brighter Green and other groups with the goal of transforming public policy . www.brightergreen.org/. Domestically we are needing to lobby for influence of the US 2012 Farm Bill, to try to reduce US government subsidies for corn and soy which contribute to the Factory Farm livestock culture in US. www.sustainabletable.org/issues/feed/
This can be achieved. When I first started working to educate there was initial resistance but as information about the severity of the effects of climate change are starting to resonant people are looking for solutions. This requires participation on an individual level to influence the market to reduce production.
The benefits are enormous including improved public health and challenge of feeding projected 9 billion in population growth in addition to mitigation of climate change.
Plant Based Diets A Solution To Public Health Crisis (pdf)
Food Security: The Challenge of Feeding 9 Billion
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