Veganism could save us from the climate crisis – The Daily Aztec

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Nowadays, various sustainability practices are displayed on the internet. Carrying around a hydro flask, buying a cute bamboo utensil set, doing thrift shopping, using tote bags when visiting Trader Joes – just to name a few. However, there is one practice that many people overlook that could have a seemingly insignificant but important impact in the fight for a more sustainable society: going plant-based.

This article is not meant to come across as a critique of lifestyles that don’t involve plant-based awareness. Instead, I want to offer a little food for thought.

As of now, the meat industry contributes to almost 60% of greenhouse gas emissions The guard. Compared to the production of plant-based alternatives, meat production causes twice the burden. The Guardian stressed that scientists “have consistently emphasized that avoiding dangerous global warming will require a major rethink of eating habits and farming practices.” Not just food production contribute to Deforestation, water scarcity and vast ocean dead zones also impact climate change.

Our climate crisis does not rely solely on individual habits and lifestyles to magically solve the problem. The main culprits are the greedy corporations that continue to selfishly deplete our natural resources and produce the majority of the unnecessary toxins in our environment. This could mean turning government participation actually taking steps towards change. However, small habits of the majority of the population could tip the scales towards a healthier planet.

Many people are reluctant to adopt a plant-based lifestyle, whether it be some form of vegetarianism or veganism, but it doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing lifestyle change. Incorporating Meatless Mondays each week can add up over time compared to a household that doesn’t practice Meatless Mondays.

Now that the plant based industry is create more alternatives, the transition to a more plant-based diet is doable for the average consumer. Ever since I adopted this lifestyle in 2014, before veganism was anything like a trend, I’ve witnessed the evolution of options at grocery stores and fast food joints. I’m envious of the people who are choosing to go plant-based in 2022 because the transition is effortless.

Is it financially and economically feasible for each individual household to switch to plant-based? no But can we do without meat and animal by-products altogether? Yes.

“We’re not telling people to stop eating meat,” said environmental scientist Pete Smith BBC News. “In some places, people have no other choice. But it is obvious that in the West we eat way too much.”

Given the current state of the world, we should be open to trying anything to reverse the direction in which our environment is moving. Alongside petitions and demands for drastic changes in the unsustainable practices enshrined in large organizations, we could slowly make changes in our households, whether it’s by buying a hydro flask, reusable grocery bags, or going full-on vegan.

Whether you decide to give up meat or not, remember this: in the fight for a cleaner, greener, healthier earth, every little effort is a wasted effort.

Aaliyah Alexander is a junior studying International Studies for Journalism. Follow her on Twitter @aaliyahdanyell.

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