DON’T Do Something To Save The Planet (internet archive)
B28014 / Tue, 22 Apr 2008 07:07:33 / Environment
In light of the current economic fallout from rapidly rising oil and energy prices due to global energy supply constraints, we might take a moment to be grateful for the fact that the climate has warmed slightly from anthropogenic activity, as opposed to the anthropogenic cooling impact that was alleged by some in the scientific community during the 1970’s.
Relegating CO2 as a “pollutant” for its greenhouse gas properties today is no different than asking the same be said for anthropogenic increases in water vapor, which is at the very heart of the climate change issue.
CO2 is an essential element in the metabolisms of nearly every evolved life form on this planet, as is water in both its liquid and vapor states.
Try once again to think of this planet as a living organism.
The hydrological cycle is essential to all living things.
99% of the water a plant utilizes is for transpiration for the purpose of cooling itself when exposed to the full energy of the sun.
Most warm blooded creatures similarly utilize the considerable energy required for the heat of vaporization to cool themselves when their metabolic or surrounding environmental temperatures demand a means to lower their core temperatures, by either sweating or panting to dispense unnecessary and potentially dangerous additional heat energy.
We have altered the natural balance of the planet’s primary system of moderating its temperature, which is the hydrological cycle, through extensive deforestation, expanding industrialized agriculture, damming and irrigation.
These anthropogenic climate impacts, though extensive, can be mitigated over time with intelligent planning, re-forestation and shifting agricultural activity away from arid and semi-arid lands and more immediately by changing the way we all eat.
Seven billion vegans would have a much smaller impact on this planet and their individual agricultural footprints will be much smaller than that of seven billion omnivores with carnivorous preferences.
The hundreds of billions of animals that are raised and slaughtered annually have agricultural footprints of their own and then there is the pollution that comes along with their industrialized agricultural production, not to mention all the fossil fueled energy consumed for their shelter, transportation, processing, refrigeration and eventual preparation.
If you’re still eating meat as you’re speaking out about saving the planet and mitigating anthropogenic climate change by reducing emissions of atmospheric CO2, methane and other lessor trace gases, or are concerned about preserving our global wildlife heritage and maintaining species diversity, save your own breath, because you are a hypocrite.
Eat your words, not industrialized life forms factory farmed for Mc Food.
In light of the current global increases in the price of grains and basic foodstuffs, vegetarianism is not simply a matter of eliminating the cruel and unnecessary lives of countless billions of factory farmed animals, but could ease almost immediately the food supply constraints on malnourished humans around the globe as well, not to mention lastly it could improve your very own health.
Obesity, high blood pressure and cholesterol levels from overconsumption of animal fats kill far many more Americans than do air and water pollution combined and are by far a greater mortal threat to the members of this society at large than is global warming.
So, DON’T DO IT for yourself, for global humanity, for the unnecessary and miserable lives of hundreds of billions of factory farmed creatures and the prevention of the pollution and negative impact they have on our biosphere and the wildlife they displace.
Lastly don’t do it for our planet and the climate to which we’ve all, man and beast alike, become accustomed.
Reducing our per capita impact on this planet is an absolute necessity as the population continues to expand and/or alternatively, this expanding population is the real issue that needs to be immediately addressed.
Real and lasting change begins with individuals, not politicians.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle for…….