Hiya everyone. This post was triggered by the amount of fucking snow we had in March. It was beautiful and all but it wasn’t okay. We aren’t meant to have snow in March, March is for springtime. So it’s evident something is wrong.
Livestock and their byproducts account for at least 32,000 million tons of CO2 per year and 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gases. That’s a fucking lot. People always label cars as the worst thing for CO2 and to be honest that is still an ongoing problem BUT cars only account for 68.5 tons of CO2 per year. Animal agriculture is the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones and habitat destruction. Why I hear you ask?! Well livestock need land so what do farmers do? Sort out land for them and this potentially ruins land that animals are already living in. Up to 137 plant, animal and insect species are lost every day due to rain forest destruction which is upsetting. It’s actually got to the point where many scientists (whatever you wanna call them) have labelled this time as “The Sixth Extinction”.
Ways to stop thing from furthering, read below:
1. Reduce the amount of meat you purchase. Livestock and their byproducts are among the most resource-intensive to produce so therefore, eating a lot less meat will make a difference. I’m not saying go vegetarian or vegan because I understand that isn’t a possibility for many people but meat free Mondays are super easy to do. If you’re one of those people thinking that avoiding the purchase of meat won’t change anything because it will still be produced, you obviously haven’t heard of supply and demand. The more demand there is for something, the more businesses supply it and vice versa. If a lot less people consume meat, then they aren’t going to make as much.
2. Actually, just reduce the amount of food you buy. I’m not saying that you should buy enough food to last one day for a week because that isn’t an okay thing to do but I mean reduce the wasted food. It’s insane how much energy goes into growing, processing and packaging food and it’s upsetting to me that majority of that energy is wasted because about 40% of food produced will just end up thrown away and in a landfill. This isn’t needed so we need to start actually buying food we will actually use.
3. Rethink trains. I know trains are needed in many senses. We aren’t exactly going to walk to London from Birmingham, are we? But you get what I mean. I can get a train from my town to the next one and is that necessary?! The next town is literally a 5 minute walk away from my house. Alternatively, if you can get a train as opposed from a plane, then do that.
4. Ditch the plastic straws. I’m a sucker for these because I really can’t drink drinks from the glass, I have to use straws, it’s an anxiety thing. But there are things out there for people who need straws. They have stainless steel straws and paper straws but if I was you, I’d go for stainless steel because paper straws don’t last very long. You can buy these from independent sellers all over the world. UK here.
5. Use hangers and clothes lines outside to dry clothes. Do you really need a dryer on all the time when the house is already warm enough to dry clothes?
That’s all my tips. I feel like there’s a gazillion more but most of them require large amounts of money so I thought I’d give the ones that didn’t require ~too~ much money, or any money at all. Money isn’t necessary to help the world a lil bit.