There are many human activities that contribute to global warming. Among the biggest contributors are electrical generation, the use of passenger and other vehicles, over-consumption, international shipping, deforestation, smoking and militarism.
According to Inter-Governmental Committee on Climate Change eating meat is directly responsible for global warming.
There is a strong link between human diet and methane emissions from livestock. Changing one’s eating habits from the Standard American Diet to a vegetarian diet does more to fight global warming than switching from a gas guzzling SUV to a fuel-efficient hybrid car.
Cattle farming, also called animal agriculture, is primarily done to meet the demands of the meat-eating population. It not only leads to deforestation, these animals also liberate methane. The production of methane is 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide in causing global warming. One farm houses about 15,000 cattle. While a vegetarian uses one unit (requirement for livelihood like food and water) of earth, a non-vegetarian uses 1.4 units of the earth. Thus, a non vegetarian is exploiting the earth’s resources.
Dr Kalyan Gangwal, founder president of Sarva Jeeva Mangal Pratisthan Said “Diet has a direct relation with global warming. Shifting away from SUVs and SUV-style diets, to more energy-efficient alternatives is key to fighting the warming trend.” According to him, one cannot call themselves environmentalists who are non vegetarian. He stressed that his propagating of vegetarianism is based on scientific facts. According to him, that observing for a day (World Meatless ad Animal Rights Day) on November 25 will not do, one should cut down the meat intake.
If anyone wants to save the planet, all they have to do is just stop eating meat. That’s the single most important thing you could do.Global warming may be the most serious global social problem threatening life on Earth. We need to fight global warming on the governmental and corporate levels, and we also need to fight global warming on the everyday and personal levels.