Earth month 2021

Humans only have 9 years left!

April is Earth Month!

Thursday, 22 April 2021 is Earth Day, but if you aren’t aware of it, April is known as Earth Month. And boy, do we need it!

According to a UN study that was released in October of 2018, humans only have 12 years left to try and combat climate change before it is too late. That was almost 3 years ago… according to my very scientific calculations, we have just over 9 years left. For anyone in their 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and upwards, 9 years is a VERY short time period. It literally flies by, which makes this discovery all the more terrifying.

We CANNOT afford to wait

Do it for your children

We can no longer afford ourselves the opportunity to just talk about what can be done. Talk about how “I can help” heal the world as an individual… the time to ACT is almost over… but rather late than never! It’s no longer just about keeping the earth alive for our children and our children’s children, but rather the fact that we ourselves still need to be able to inhabit the planet during our own life times!

I cannot claim to know everything, nor have all the answers. But I do have a suggested action that ANYONE can take… eat plant-based! Did you know that you, as an individual, can cut your own carbon footprint in half by choosing a vegan lifestyle over a meat & dairy based diet? Effectively 50% less carbon emissions by making a choice! That is incredible. So much more effective than driving a Hybrid or EV vehicle, than recycling all of your household items or being conservative with your water usage. Please don’t get me wrong, I am 100% for all of the activities combined to ensure that you do everything in your power to help the environmental impact of your existence, but just by considering what you put into your mouth has the single biggest impact of them all.

Consider yourself a Conservationist?

7 Reasons to go Vegan for the Planet

1. The Climate Crisis

Governments have joined together to try to limit the global temperature rise to less than 2°C, or ideally 1.5°C, above pre-industrial levels – a critical threshold above which there may be devastating consequences. 

We have already broken through 1°C and are very close to reaching 1.5°C.

2. Wildlife Losses

Time is running out

We’re currently experiencing Earth’s sixth mass extinction. One million animal and plant species, more than ever before, are threatened with extinction, says the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). 

Why does it matter? Bacteria, fungi, insects, birds, mammals, sea creatures, plants, and trees all make up complex ecosystems that work together to perform many essential ‘services’ such as nutrient recycling, soil generation, pollination, seed dispersal, and much more. 

The air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat all depend on rich biodiversity.

It’s not too late if we start NOW!

3. Deforestation

The rain forests are known as the lungs of the world, because they take carbon out of the atmosphere and release oxygen – we lose them at our peril! 

Trees store carbon in their branches, trunks, and roots but also in leaf litter and forest soil. It is slowly released when they die and rot. 

However, when vast expanses of forest are felled and burnt – slash and burn deforestation – huge quantities of carbon re-enter the atmosphere almost overnight. 

Animal agriculture is the biggest driver of deforestation as forests are cleared to make way for growing animal feed (soya) and grazing. According to a 2019 study, we were losing an equivalent of pristine rain forest the equivalent of a football pitch every six seconds!

This does not even take into consideration the effect of commercial fishing has on the ocean floor and coral reefs, which actually account for more of the Earth’s oxygen production than all the rain forests combined! It is said that across the ocean, phytoplankton absorb about four times as much carbon dioxide as the Amazon does, which goes to prove how vital the fragile ecosystems of the planet are to our own survival.

Deforestation & improper land use

4. Land Use

We’re running out of space to grow food for the world’s expanding population yet a third of the world’s cereal crop is fed to animals so that some people can eat meat, fish, and dairy. 

It’s a grossly inefficient use of land and other resources. Meat, fish, eggs, and dairy use around 83% of the world’s farmland but only provide 37% of the protein we eat and 18% of calories.

 If meat consumption continues to grow, by 2050 global food production will need to increase by 70% to meet demand. There simply isn’t enough land for this to happen. 

In Europe, we can grow enough vegetable protein to feed all the people here. But, not enough to feed all the animals we eat. 

5. Marine Life

Overfishing, increasing acidity, and rising sea temperatures are having a devastating impact on marine biodiversity

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) says that “by the year 2100, without significant changes, more than half of the world’s marine species may be on the brink of extinction”.

Increasing acidity, caused by rising carbon dioxide levels, is dissolving the shells of some sea creatures making their survival unviable. 

Rising sea temperatures are killing coral reefs and increasing the risk of flooding for up to 300 million people.

Phytoplankton (microscopic marine algae) are declining at around one percent every year, according to NASA satellite data. These little microorganisms take carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and produce around 50 percent of all the oxygen on Earth.

6. Food Waste

There is more to it than meets the eye

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations says that around a third of all food is thrown away

Moreover, in the UK alone, the average family throws away £700 worth of perfectly good food every year. 

Squandering any food is wasteful but when meat, fish, dairy, and eggs are thrown away, all the grain and water used to produce them is wasted too.

Unsustainable animal food production is bad enough, without producing it just to be discarded. Food isn’t rubbish and doesn’t belong in landfill. 

Saving food means you’ll be contributing to a better legacy for generations to come. Going vegan and saving food? Now that’s a legacy to be proud of.

7. World Hunger

Cut out the middleman and there will be enough!

Around 700 million people around the world go hungry every year. It’s also estimated that a staggering three billion people cannot afford a healthy diet. If we ate the crops destined to feed the animals being farmed for our meat consumption, we could feed an additional 4 billion people. That’s more than enough for everyone for many years to come! 

In evolutionary terms, humans were late to the party but our arrival has certainly been felt, from one side of the planet to the other. 

Be a SUPERHERO!

Take action today and leave a legacy for your children and the rest of humanity that you can be proud of. Stand up for those that cannot stand up for themselves and go vegan. Be a SUPERHERO!

You can be a REAL Superhero?

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