ONE GREEN PLANET
by Natasha Brooks
This year’s Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco got pretty heated (no pun intended). Between California Governor Jerry Brown calling President Donald Trump a “liar, criminal, fool” and protestors rallying outside against fossil fuel extraction, despite the governor signing into law the state’s commitment to 100 percent clean energy by 2045 this week, the event was certainly not lacking in high emotion.
But on a cooler note, actors Harrison Ford and Alec Baldwin and everyone’s favorite primatologist, Jane Goodall, were also present at the Summit, and Baldwin and Goodall sat down for a chat on the importance of plant-based diets in regards to forests and the fight against climate change.
And although a primatologist and an actor may seemingly have little in common, the two celebrities have one very important commonality — they are advocates for the environment and promote ditching meat for the sake of the planet.
Goodall and Baldwin both ditch meat from their diets and credit environmental concerns as reasoning for it.
Animal agriculture is a leading contributor to climate change, being responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire transportation sector (cars, planes, trains, etc.) combined. In fact, a recent study revealed that animal agriculture is more harmful to the environment than fossil fuel extractors like Shell and Exxon Mobil. . .
If everyone adopted a plant-based diet, then yes, we could certainly meet the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement and keep our planet’s temperature from rising those two more dangerous degrees. Read more at One Green Planet »
Plant-Based Diet vs Vegan Diet
What’s the difference? A big one. We are grateful of course that both Goodall and Baldwin have “ditched meat” from their diets, but please let us not confuse what these two diet types — plant based and vegan — are about. These diet regimens are not interchangeable.
“Vegans abstain from eating any animal products. A whole foods plant-based diet, on the other hand, emphasizes eating whole fruits and vegetables, consuming lots of whole grains, and staying away from (or at least minimizing) the intake of animal products and processed foods for health reasons.” See “There’s A Big Difference Between A Plant-Based Diet And A Vegan Diet“, Huffington Post, By Julie R. Thomson, 22 June 2017.
What does a plant-based diet or a vegan diet have to do with horses? Horse meat. If people were to give up horse meat and quit eating it, there would be no horse slaughter which would put an end to all of the horrendous cruelties that go with it.
But as you can see by definition you could eat a plant-based diet yet still garnish a meal with a serving of horse meat. So we say. Go vegan. For life!