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How a Slight Change in Your Diet Can Help Fight Climate Change

Experts vouch that it will make you healthier and at the same time help the environment!

Climate change has been a hot topic for quite some time now, with environmental activists like Greta Thunberg and Autumn Peltier shedding light on the world’s alarming environmental situation. People have now been asking the world to help in the fight against climate change, as it will not only affect us, but it will also affect future generations.

To join in the cause, many are now putting up efforts to switch to energy-efficient tools, reduce water waste, and save energy and electricity. But apart from these, did you know that you can also help in addressing climate change by simply changing your diet?

Experts are saying that switching to a plant-based diet doesn’t only make you healthier, it also helps with climate change! (Read: 5 Plant-Based Ingredients for Your Daily Meals)

Plant-based diet has less environmental footprints, that is why switching to this kind of diet is beneficial not just to our health but also for the environment. Find out more about this below 👇🌱💚

Posted by Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Monday, July 13, 2020

 

In the Philippines, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is advocating for a plant-based diet. In fact, they just recently launched the campaign Plant-Based Solutions for Climate Change to promote the increased consumption of fruits and vegetables and the decreased intake of meat and meat products. (Read: 4 Avocado Recipes for a Full-Course Meal)

But how exactly does going on a plant-based diet help address climate change issues? Read on!

Fewer Carbon Footprints

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Eating chickens like these in the Netherlands instead of beef can cut our dietary footprints a surprising amount: in half. (Photo from Luca Locatelli / Nat Geo Image Collection / National Geographic)

According to a study commissioned by the United Nations (UN), about 23% of the world’s greenhouse gases come from poultry, livestock, and the facilities (e.g. farmlands, forests) that are used to maintain them. Rearing, or breeding of animals, also contributes to global warming and climate change through the methane gas these animals produce. (Read: DA to Launch Examination Facility for Imported Meat and Farm Products)

But by switching to a plant-based diet, you contribute to lessening the demand for animal meat—thus decreasing the need to breed them! This will significantly decrease the amount of methane gas that is emitted to the atmosphere at any given time.

Reduced Land Exploitation

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Cattle grazing outside Sokoto, Nigeria, where large-scale farming is in conflict with local communities. (Photo from Luis Tato / Agence France-Presse / Getty Images / The New York Times)

Land management (how we use the land, how we utilize it, and how we, unfortunately, exploit it) is also a contributor to global warming and climate change. Humans undeniably exploit lands to cater to the growing demand for poultry and livestock. After all, live animals need large spaces to grow and breed in. (Read: Baguio Bishop Hits Property Developer for ‘Murder’ of Pine Trees)

But if you switch to a plant-based diet, you can help lessen the demand for meat, which in turn lessens the need to exploit spaces for breeding animals. It also helps keep the forests and other greeneries protected.

Other Ways to Help

But of course, there are various factors (e.g. culture, affordability) that we need to keep in mind when it comes to switching to a plant-based diet. Admittedly, not everyone can easily get access to the ingredients or sustainably-produced food. In these cases, the best thing to do is to try to lessen food waste—regardless of what kind of food you consume.

Environment website earthday.org says that food waste leaves a huge carbon footprint—to that point that if food waste were a country, “it would the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, after the U.S. and China.”

Another thing you can do is to inform others of what climate change is and what they can do to mitigate it. Anything you do to help, no matter how big or small, can contribute to saving Mother Earth. (Read: Five habits you didn’t know can heal you)

Want to know more about climate change? Here are some websites you can check to further educate yourself about the issue, what organizations are doing, and what you can do to help:

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