Veganism As A Vehicle For Sustainability

Veganism, argues Evan Parker, is one of the most powerful sustainable strategies available to us.

The best way to fight climate change and lead a more sustainable life is to take action. Some people use water bottles, some ride a bike to work, and others switch their SUVs for hybrid or full electric cars.

While every action really helps, Evan Parker, a TEDx presenter, says that there is one action that is easy, simple, affordable, and you can practice it at least three times a day — eating.

According to Evan Parker during his TEDx Talk, our food choices can have such a massive impact on the environment that our food systems are probably the biggest factor in our ability to create a sustainable world.

Veganism, argues Parker, is one of the most powerful sustainable strategies available to us.

With animal agriculture being responsible for 15% of global greenhouse emissions, veganism holds a tremendous potential to fight climate change — which is the number one threat to the survival of humans and millions of other species today.

Apart from cutting the carbon emission in half, adopting plant-based diets is also the most impactful and cost-effective method of pulling the carbon out of the atmosphere. 

If we all adopted plant-based diets, we could reduce agricultural land use by more than 75 — creating an area three times the size of the U.S. for biodiversity to flourish.

Don’t we owe that much to the planet, at least?

Watch Evan Parker’s TEDx Talk below.

Nikola uses his background in electrical engineering to break down complex sustainability topics for GreenCitizen's readers. He is a firm believer in environmental conservation, which he practices daily through recycling and home-grown food. He enjoys hiking, engaging in white-water sports, and collecting pocket knives.

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