Veganism for Environmental Reasons

Human beings depend on their environment for survival. In fact, this planet is the only one known to support life in the entire universe because it has conditions that are just right when it comes to sustaining life. For example, earth has an atmosphere, water, fertile land, organic compounds that support life, and the right temperature. Other planets like Mars lack one or more of these critical elements. Unfortunately, humans do not appreciate how wonderful the earth is. Today, the world is experiencing an environmental crisis. The world is warming because of an increasing volume of greenhouse gases. Water, land, and air pollution is getting out of hand. Moreover, the high rate of deforestation around the world is alarming as is the rate at which animal species are becoming extinct. Veganism is one way to fight this worrying trend. Adopt veganism for environmental reasons today.

Going vegan would reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

Some of the most common and potent greenhouses gases are carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide. Studies show that if a single person stops eating a diet that includes mean, he will reduce emissions of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere by 1.5 tons annually. Imagine what would happen if everyone became a vegan. Carbon emissions worldwide would drop drastically. Additionally, if people in the US sacrificed one chicken meal each week, then the reduced amount of carbon dioxide emitted would be equivalent to removing as much as half a million cars off American roads.

It is important to note that the greatest producers of methane in the United States are chickens, pigs, cows, and turkeys. If people stopped eating then, then the US would reduce its methane emissions by a great deal. Remember, methane is 20 times more powerful when it comes to trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide is. The statistics are even more startling when it comes to nitrous oxide. This gas is 300 times more powerful at trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. More than 65% if nitrous gas emissions worldwide result from the egg, dairy, and meat industries. It means that if everyone goes vegan, then nitrous oxide emissions would go down by 65%.

Water is life and the animal industry is threatening this resource.

Clean water is a scarce commodity in many countries around the world. Currently, 783 million people living in various regions across the world lack access to clean drinking water. Ironically, the US uses half of all its water on raising animals for use as food products. For example, the US uses almost 10,000 liters of water to produce half a kilogram of meat. It means that not eating this 0.5kg meat would save as much water as you forfeiting a shower for six months. To put it in perspective, it would take 1000 liters of water to produce a typical vegan diet on any given day while taking about 15,000 liters to produce a typical meat diet on any given day. Animals also produce an enormous volume of excrement, which is about 40,000 kilograms each second. All of this waste ends up in rivers untreated leading to unnecessary environmental pollution.

 

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