16 Facts That Show How Going Vegan Helps Stop Climate Change

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Every day, we hear about the dangers of climate change. But what if there were just ONE thing we could all do to help stop it?

Eating meat contributes to climate change

The global demand for meat and animal products is wreaking havoc on our planet. Read on to learn why choosing vegan foods is the best thing you can do to help the environment (and animals, of course!).

1. Animal agriculture causes an estimated 18 per cent of all greenhouse gases.

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That’s roughly equivalent to emissions caused by the entire worldwide transport sector – every car, plane, train and boat on the planet combined.

2. Raising livestock causes 65 per cent of all nitrous-oxide emissions. Nitrous oxide has 296 times the global-warming potential of carbon dioxide.

Oh, and it stays in the atmosphere for up to 150 years.

3. Even the UN admits that the livestock sector is “one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global”.

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Are you going to argue with the UN?

4. Meat consumption is thought to be one of the leading causes of modern species extinctions.
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As land is cleared for animals to graze or to grow feed for them, wildlife is losing out.

5. Cows produce 150 billion gallons of methane per day.

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The smell of climate changes stinks!

6. Emissions for agriculture are projected to increase 80 per cent by 2050.

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If we don’t act now, these problems will get a whole lot worse

7. Animal products cause 27 per cent of our water footprint – that’s 76 gallons a year per person.

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Yet around 1.2 billion people – almost one-fifth of the world’s population – face water shortages.

8. One steak takes 7,500 litres of water to produce.

Producing the same quantity of pasta requires just 925 litres.

9. Livestock or livestock feed covers one third of the Earth’s ice-free land.

 

Going vegan could literally change the face of our planet.

10. A dairy farm with 2,500 cows produces the same amount of waste as a city of 411,000 people.

These huge cesspools of manure can emit toxic gases, contaminate drinking water, harbour disease-causing pathogens and kill wildlife.

11. Three-quarters of the world’s fisheries are exploited or depleted.

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Industrial fishing is literally emptying our oceans.

12. For every 1 kg of fish caught, up to 5 kg of unintended marine animals are also caught and then discarded as by-catch.

Industrial fishing is damaging the oceans

Dolphins, sharks and turtles are among the “accidental” victims.

13. Animal agriculture is responsible for up to 91 per cent of the destruction of the Amazon rainforest.
Livestock farming is a leading cause of deforestation

You can save our vanishing landscapes – by simply leaving animal products off your plate!

14. A person who follows a vegan lifestyle produces the equivalent of 50 per cent less carbon dioxide than a meat-eater and uses an 11th of the oil, 1/13th of the water and 1/18th of the land.

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When you do the maths, eating vegan really adds up.

15. The world’s cattle alone consume a quantity of food equal to the caloric needs of 8.7 billion people, more than the entire current human population of the Earth.

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If we ate the grain ourselves, instead of funnelling it through animals on farms first, there would be more than enough to end world hunger.

16. Producing protein from chickens requires three times as much land as producing protein from soybeans.

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Pork requires nine times as much land, and beef 32 times.

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These facts all add up to one pretty compelling argument for eating plant-based foods.

Going vegan is easier than you think, so start saving the planet today by ordering our free vegan starter kit.

Comments

  • Sarah commented on December 1, 2015 at 7:25 am

    Sources please. I am inclined to be convinced but it is easy to state ‘facts’. If you want to convince die-hard meat eaters you need credible data to back up your argument.

  • Ana Naumovska commented on December 3, 2015 at 11:27 am

    I am vegan and my children don’t eat meat at all. As a mother i want to teach my children the right way to live, to teach them that our future depends on compassion and understanding the world of animals, accepting all moves of nature.

  • Vegeta commented on December 4, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    This is great information. Is there researchers/studies you can reference? It would be helpful to know when debating with others about this subject.

  • Mike commented on December 4, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    This is only part of it. More important is not buying cheap mass-produced produce, and not buying products that contain ingredients that damage the ennvironment (like palm oil and canola oil).

  • Paula Digby commented on December 7, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    I am so pleased this need to go vegan and eliminate the meat and dairy industry is being hi- lighted. However most people seem unaware of the damage eating meat causes to the planet or indeed to animals. Why doesn’t Greenpeace just send this info by email to everyone (like advertisers do). Surely the more people that see this info the better.
    Sending to PETA subscribers like me is like preaching to the converted as already vegan.

    • Heidi commented on December 27, 2015 at 4:10 am

      Amen to that…. I have felt this for a long time….

  • sarah commented on December 7, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Hi
    This is a question I’ve been thinking about recently?
    When I went vegan 30 years ago, it was because of animal rights. Now, I’m wondering about this :
    People are talking about producing insects for human food? If the insects – mealworms for example – were fed on waste food which would otherwise go in landfill and create methane, would it be morally better to eat insects as a protein source than pulses/nuts? The airmiles and chemicals used for growing food would be avoided? I can’t afford organic food, but even organic farming displaces wildlife. So, hypothetically, if a safe way of rearing insects at home on left overs etc was developed, would that be the most right thing to do? Though not sure I could do it…
    Does anyone have any views?

    • brenda Duddington commented on January 2, 2016 at 12:46 pm

      insects are still animals with a nervous system. From the animal welfare point of view I don’t see that eating insects would be an option – though this is clearly a way of life in some parts of the world where hunger might otherwise prevail. We all have to do what is right for us as individuals and fight as best we can for those who can’t fight for themselves. Boiling live locusts in hot oil seems truly brutal to me and not far removed from people who view rearing cattle and other sentient beings as OK to do what we like to them.

  • Cristina Economides commented on December 7, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    The majority of humans were capable to destroy the eco system and abuse animals, The minority of them help and protect animals and indirectly our planet.

  • Pat leboeuf commented on December 7, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    I completly agree about going vegan.thete is nothing humane the way these poor animals suffer from birth and live some very short lives .and most suffer longterm there are many other things to eat besides meat .abuse and greed. It’s wrong.

  • Jo Ardell commented on December 7, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    Television ads continue to show the biggest or the best ‘meat’ sandwiches even though so many people eat meat. Why are there no television ads showing all of the really good Veggie or Vegan choices that people could purchase rather than “meat and dairy”? Animals were never meant to be in “factory farms”. Factory farms are cruel and disgusting places. The Animals deserve so much better.

  • Joanne commented on December 8, 2015 at 3:34 am

    Good easy to read and share information, thank you.
    This should go to all environmental and conservation groups. It makes no sense to protect the planet from fossil fuels & deforestation, or try to end poverty and world hunger, while turning a blind eye to the impact of what we eat – which everyone can do something about right now in their daily lives that would collectively have a profound effect on the well-being of the planet, humanity, and the suffering of ‘food slave’ animals.

    • Deborah Pattinson commented on December 8, 2015 at 12:48 pm

      Well said Joanne, I agree totally.

  • Deborah Pattinson commented on December 8, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Thank you PeTA. It’s easy to understand the facts from your info here. Can we not get this out on Mainstream TV, adverts/programme. Nobody believes me when I say that having a vegan lifestyle or cutting meat out of their diets would improve our ecology. They just think it’s Fossil Fuels/Plane/Train/Car emissions. It frustrates me to think that even the scientists/Governments have know that a vegan lifestyle will stop the mass destruction of our planet but it’s not communicated to the masses. It’s going to be too late if we don’t all do our bit to help.

  • T. Frost commented on December 26, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    I wish you would stay out of the political area of ‘climate change’, which by many are considered a gigantic hoax causing massive damage to the environment (diesel pollution if you want an example) and increased starvation (burning food in cars for example) and poverty (energy poverty for example), and which is a subject that has absolutely nothing to do with animal welfare. Doing so can only damage the animal welfare cause, as you could discourage those of us who are sceptical about the many political climate claims from supporting you if you start becoming political.

  • Christine prince commented on February 29, 2016 at 11:43 am

    We only have one planet please please let’s look after it , for our children’s children’s sake, we live in a beautiful place let’s keep it like that

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