We are proposing a world-wide event to coincide with Earth Hour 2015 to raise awareness about the fact that, taking auxiliary sources such as refrigeration and deforestation into account, animal agriculture is the largest human-induced contributor (51%, according to World Bank environmental advisers) to global greenhouse gas emissions. We are seeking partnership with other organizations and individuals to help make this event as successful as it could be. Our goal is to get many people around the world to gather in local areas where Earth Hour is being observed, and using flashlights, candles, lanterns, etc. spell out “51.” Time and resources permitting, plant-based food picnics, food tasting and other festive activities may also be planned to coincide with this event.
With all the bad news that that we see and hear about around the world it is easy to become discouraged about a healthy, sustainable and compassionate future for our own generation and generations yet to come. But the "if it bleeds, it leads" mentality of media hides the many good things that are happening everyday all around the world.
At People Powered Peace, we believe that people have the power to change the world for the better without waiting for external forces (like government and industry) to do the right thing. One of the simplest and biggest ways for people to make a better world for current and future generations is to move towards a organic plant-based (vegan) diet.
We have created a short video for people who have recently made or are making the choice to moving to a more healthy, compassionate, sustainable and just lifestyle.
Al Gore was at Stanford on April 23 to give a lecture on the climate crisis and the democratic crisis. He was also there to honor a friend.
Gore was there for my late mentor, advisor, employer, and intellectual father, Stephen H. Schneider’s memorial lecture and bench dedication.
Steve left us unexpectedly on July 19, 2010. He was one of the world’s most brilliant and intrepid leaders on climate change science and risk assessment. He continues to lead through all who were touched, uplifted, and transformed by him. I’m fortunate to be one of them.
I know I’ve been spoiled by Steve. I seek his caliber of leadership everywhere and find it sorely lacking.
At Gore’s lecture, I sat and absorbed his eloquent summary of cutting-edge research on symptoms such as extreme weather events and drought that show how the climate system is failing. I heard him make scathing remarks about how badly American democracy has been “hacked.”
Evidence keeps mounting that eliminating animal products from our diet is the single best thing anyone can do to immediately start fighting climate change. For some reason, climate leaders have chosen to ignore this important issue, which may be in large part because they, themselves haven't adopted a plant-based diet. This may be changing.
It was recently reported that on a speaking tour, Al Gore had specifically requested that vegan meals be served to him and his entourage. A couple of vegan meals does not a vegan make. So, it remains to be seen whether it was a one-off thing or if Al Gore has finally seen the light.
At a Climate Reality Project gathering of over 900 people from all over the world, Al Gore said, "Eat less meat and more fruits and vegetables." That is a direct quote, provided to us by Sailesh Rao who was in attendance. Wait a minute! you say. Hasn't he already been saying this? Actually, no. All he has ever said is that animal agriculture is part of the problem, and only when asked about the subject. His phrasing has made animal agriculture sound like a benign tumor; not wanted, but not terribly important to get worked up over.
As, we have mentioned in past articles, animal agriculture is a huge problem, and not to give it equal time and importance as renewables and carbon credits is doing a great disservice to people looking to find solutions in which they can participate. After all, not everyone can afford to buy solar panels, but everyone can change what they eat.
The Occupy Movement came about partly because we realized that we had given away too much power to government and industry that do not always have the best interest of the people in mind in their actions. Once power is given away, it can be very difficult to get back. That is why we have yet to see the one percent pay their fair share. There is one power, however, which we all have that hasn’t been taken away from us and that is what we put on our plates to nourish our bodies every day. Here is why it matters.
To have a bigger impact and allow more people to participate, we have created an online petition in addtion to our Operation Missing Link campaign to create video messages to Al Gore. We realize not everyone has the tools to create a video, which is why we are implementing this option. This petition is not to replace our efforts to get videos asking Al Gore to start openly talking about the harmful role of animal agriculture in climate change but an addition to it. People may choose to do one or the other, although we hope that you will do both. You can find the online petition here: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/al-gore-animal-agriculture-and-climate-change/. Please sign the petition and share it with others who may be willing to participate. We must do everything we can to bring attention to this important issue, not only for our sake, but the sake of generations yet to come.
As we have demonstrated before, one of the serious dangers facing the planet today is climate change. And, one of the largest contributors to climate change is animal agriculture. One would wonder that if eliminating or greatly reducing one's consumption of animal products is better than hybrid cars, why aren't more people doing it?
As a warming planet causes stronger hurricanes, severe droughts in one region and extreme floods in another, and raises sea levels, it is predicted that millions of people will longer be able to live in places they currently call home. As refugees of climate change pour into neighboring lands and countries, they will put great stress on the social and economic systems of their new homes causing animosity, eventually leading to outright conflict with the natives.