Keep Calm and Eat Your Veggies

 Claudia Moisan 

For a long time, mankind has lived in symbiosis with nature without taking anything for granted. However, the well-being of our planet is now at a critical point and if actions aren’t taken now, our future could be more than dreadful. Going vegan is an easy yet effective way to ensure the prosperity of the home that 7.5 billion individuals are sharing.

Tropical rainforests, which are often defined as ‘the jewels of the Earth’, are highly valuable not only because they are the living place of a unique biodiversity, but also because more than the quarter of plant species found there are used for medicinal purposes. In fact, there are about 2000 species found in the rainforests that have properties that could help to treat different types of cancer. Since the rate of deaths caused by this disease is going to be at its peak in 2020 with a rate of mortality of 630 000 lives, it would be a shame if a possible cure was cut down in order to satisfy our meat craving.

The truth is that if things keep going the way they are, there will be no rainforests left at all by 2060 mainly due to deforestation. The main culprit is cattle farming. As the average American will consume about 200 pounds of meat in a year by 2024, there will be an urge to find new pastures to raise our cattle, which is why we will massacre acres of forests. This type of agriculture is a detrimental yet affordable way to meet the meat demand. This yearning isn’t justifiable when there are plenty of eco-friendly alternatives like tofu, lentils, beans, chia seeds and the list goes on. Switching to these vegan options should be a no-brainer.

Mankind sure is throwing caution to the wind by destroying what is converting more than 28% of our CO2 emissions in oxygen and also fighting the greenhouse effect that could also be labelled as global warming. The actual carbon dioxide output leads scientists to estimate that the climate will go as far as 6 degrees higher by 2100 and this slight variation would be the starting point of an endless crisis. The sea level will rise from 7 to 23 inches and swallow an uncountable number of cities but that will not be the last straw. Furthermore, we will have to suffer more and more natural disasters where each one will be more devastating than the previous one. In addition to that, it has been shown by scientists and ecologists that between 15 to 37% of animal and plant species will have been eradicated by 2050. Aren’t you tickled pink by all of this now that the facts are presented to you?

In order to put an end to our tragic fate, we need to leave no stone unturned and veganism would be a good way to step up our game since like journalist Chris Hedges said: "Becoming vegan is the most important and direct change we can immediately make to save the planet and its species". We can’t keep hanging in there and expect a miracle to happen when our planet is slowly fading away. Unless that’s what we are awaiting.



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