As the world continues to grapple with what “climate change” truly is, there have been no shortage of knee-jerk reactions by any number of governing bodies hoping to tackle the issue.
For many, climate change is a hot button subject. Some, like President Trump, have called it a Chinese hoax meant to burden the rest of the civilized world with regulations and guidelines, freeing the Far East superpower to supercharge their manufacturing process. Without the oversight that places like the United States are accustomed to, China can create goods at a fraction of the cost. Combined with their utter lack of scruples when it comes to abusing their workforce, China has become one of the world’s most prolific producers of just about anything.
But for those who believe that there is a problem to be tackled, there is no consensus as how best to tackle it. Some believe that moving toward zero-emissions vehicles is the only solution. For others, it’s all about renewable energy.
But for the UN, it’s all about cutting back on eating meat.
Efforts to curb greenhouse gas-emissions and the impacts of global warming will fall significantly short without drastic changes in global land use, agriculture and human diets, leading researchers warn in a high-level report commissioned by the United Nations.
The special report on climate and land by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) describes plant-based diets as a major opportunity for mitigating and adapting to climate change ― and includes a policy recommendation to reduce meat consumption.
The panel suggests that they don’t want to start dictating diets.
“We don’t want to tell people what to eat,” says Hans-Otto Pörtner, an ecologist who co-chairs the IPCC’s working group on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability. “But it would indeed be beneficial, for both climate and human health, if people in many rich countries consumed less meat, and if politics would create appropriate incentives to that effect.”
Former President Barack Obama has famously made similar claims, despite his White House chef admitting that the 44th President was quite the carnivore.
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