Okay, we’re never going to get the Steves of the world to get it on climate change. When Miami is underwater, they’ll be explaining to us how absurd it is to think New York is next, because, after all, one pseudo-scientist on the Koch brothers’ payroll who says last night’s blizzard signifies the coming of the next ice age means it’s not unanimous. And if it’s not unanimous, well…
Which unfortunately means we have to do more ourselves in the near term.
In that regard, are you feeling good about the Prius you drive and the panels on the roof? Yeah, same here. So, the morning after a nice lamb chop dinner, I read this, from Chris Hedges in A Haven from the Animal Holocaust:
Animal agriculture sends more greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere than worldwide transportation. The waste and flatulence from livestock are responsible for creating at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide per year, or 51 percent of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. Livestock causes 65 percent of all emissions of anthropogenic nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas 296 times more destructive than carbon dioxide. Crops raised to feed livestock consume 56 percent of the water used in the United States. Seventy percent of the crops we grow in the U.S. are fed to animals. Eighty percent of the world’s soy crop is fed to animals. It is a flagrant waste of precious and diminishing resources. It takes 1,000 gallons of water to produce one gallon of milk.
I’d seen this before. It’s not the first time Hedges has written about it. I’ve even acted on it for short bursts of time.
But it’s time to do better. A lot better. Please join me.