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What's up with this weather? These past few weeks have definitely some of the most hectic, scary and devastating weeks concerning the weather that I can remember. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma destroyed the Caribbean and parts of the Southeast United States and left flooding in their wake, Mexico experienced an 8.1 magnitude earthquake and the western United States had some of the worst wildfires in its history. The are another two hurricanes brewing that have potential to do some damage as well. While all of this is scary, we have the power to help change these events from becoming a normal occurrence in the future.
When we think about climate change we usually think of ice caps melting in the arctic and not about these hurricanes, earthquakes or wildfires that we have been experiencing. All of these events are connected and caused by the same thing: humans. What's great about us being the problem that's causing this increase in the temperature, is that we can also be the solution.
Animal agriculture is the leading cause of climate change due to its scale and wastefulness. It accounts for 18% of global green house gas emissions which is more than all of transportation combined. Animal agriculture negatively affects our water, air and land at a much higher rate than growing plants. Simple changes to our diet can yield profound results. It is more sustainable to eat plants since it helps to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions which changes the climate's current course. Plus, plant-based foods are more readily available than ever before making the switch in diet accessible. It might not always be easy, but changing our diets could save many lives and prevent people from losing everything they have.
For facts about how animal agriculture is affecting our climate, visit the Cowspiracy facts page here. For how you can help the victims of the recent hurricanes, visit this page for Irma and this page for Harvey. If you are considering going vegan, check out this awesome video about how to get started!