By Jerol Kennedy
The categories people were asked to place themselves on the continuum were; Alarmed, Concerned, Cautious, Disengaged, Doubtful and Dismissive. Out of 42 responders, 36 were Alarmed, 2 were Concerned, 2 were Cautious, 1 was Doubtful, 1 wrote in” Other”, none said Dismissive or Disengaged.
As you can see, the overwhelming majority of our congregation who responded was Alarmed.
A report issued in 2006 by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization ( FOA) warned that raising cattle for meat and dairy generates more greenhouse gases than all the automobiles in the world. The report states:
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- About 9% of the total carbon dioxide produced by human related activities is emitted by livestock
- 65% of the nitrous oxide output (a chemical which has nearly 300 times the Global Warming Potential as CO2) is emitted by livestock
- 37 percent of the methane output is from the livestock industry, and
- 64 percent of the ammonia output is from the livestock industry (United Nations News Center).
Additionally, more than 1/3 of the world’s grain is used to feed livestock. (Eco Mind, Francis Moore Lappe)
Fact: Each one of us can lessen our climate change footprint by reducing our consumption of meat, eggs, and milk.
Want to do it? There is a way for those who still eat meat, egg and dairy and want to change to help lesson Climate Change - It is called Meatless Monday, a movement that is gaining momentum. More on Meatless Monday later.
Green Sanctuary Planning Team