The media has done a relatively good job of informing the public in the last decade or so of the correlation of the meat industry and carnivore eating habits and its astounding effect on climate change. For example, in a recent scientific study, researchers found if there was a conversion globally towards vegetarian or low meat diets it would lower the mitigation costs fifty percent worldwide by the year 2050.
From scientific reports and magazine articles to the documentaries that will help inform the public such as Speciesism: The Movie (2013) and Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014), the news about contribution of the dark side of factory farming to the greenhouse gasses and the environment will reach the masses.
A Simple Solution to Climate Change
Despite all of this knowledge, many people still do not want to make a behavioral change in their diet even if it means saving the planet. Considering that climate change is such a huge motivating factor, especially for those with children, wouldn’t we want people to know they have a simple solution? That solution is as simple as going vegan. Research results show there can be a direct result between knowledge and people’s readiness to change their lifestyle. Knowledge can have influence, and can empower people to change their planet just by going vegan.
Empowerment in Our Hands (and Mouths)
We see this in the success of Cowspiracy; a culture that is slowly becoming more environmentally aware, people paying more attention to the source of their food and people showing more concern for their health and well-being. All of this has helped inspire many people to go vegan. This is the kind of success that we need more of. We seem to be in a dire need of an inspiring and empowering narrative about climate change and what the power of our diets can have on the environment. The amazing thing is that being vegan is empowering and puts the power in our hands and our mouths. Not only are the benefits of being vegan beyond the environment, but our health and well-being at hand, weight-control, recipe flexibility and animal welfare.
The Power of Being Vegan and Helping Our Planet
Remember, we have control over what we eat. We do not have to be spoon fed the GMO, hormone-filled, pesticide-laced drivel the major food companies are trying to feed us. If we educated ourselves on the origins of our food and empower ourselves with knowledge, we can help slow down and reverse climate change by going vegan.