We all have the ability to help mitigate climate change. One major way can be eating less meat and animal products - it’s estimated that livestock farming is responsible for 14.5% of global greenhouse emissions, that’s largest than the total emissions of all the world’s transport.
Food production and intensive farming also increases the demand for pasture and land, so destroying many fragile ecosystems that are vital for biodiversity and as ‘carbon sinks’. For example, due to increasing demand, the Amazon is expected to decrease by 40% by 2050, unless greater efforts are made to prevent this.
You can eat less meat or animal products by:
Eating less meat is just one way of changing the way we live to help the planet. You could also try reducing your energy consumption by increasing your home’s energy efficiency, taking public transport not driving a car, or buying more food locally to reduce your carbon footprint and food miles1.
|Food Miles. Standard Note: SN/SC/4984. Last updated: 14 June 2012. Author: Christopher Barclay. Section Science and Environment Section. House of Commons Library.|