RR2: Are we currently entering a new epoch? (And we don't even know it??)

As I was saying in my last round, the biggest cause of climate change is greenhouse gases coming from the most destructive industry in the world: animal agriculture. These greenhouse gases are destroying the ozone layer, the atmospheric concentration of CO2 has increased by 42% since the beginning of the industrial revolution!!! (2) After watching a documentary called Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret about 4 times, the whole matter is just disgusting. Animal agriculture is literally the main leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, the primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and basically any other negative environmental change you could think of.  Yet it's still happening. (1)

In the film, Kip Andersen tries to approach leaders in the world's largest environmental organizations about the matter, but they all refuse to answer any questions regarding animal agriculture and warned him about serious consequences if he DARED continue with the subject, they ended up asking him to leave immediately and the other organizations didn't even reply to his emails and calls. So, why are these environmental leaders so afraid to talk about such a dangerous and important issue??! Well that's probably because they're working with the governemnt and the animal agriculture industry is the largest and strongest and wealthiest industry in the world. So yeah, it's about money

There is however, an organization that DOES look into climate change and is aware of the agriculture issue. The Intergovernmental Panel, they strongly believe that Earth will cross the target of 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels as early as 2050. What's so bad about that? Well, that alone will cause sea levels to rise at least 1 meter, leaving cities and coastal areas very vulnerable. Sea ice will vanish within decades, wet counties/regions to become wetter and dry ones drier. Heat waves will occur more often and will last longer, and downpours will drastically intensify. Monsoons will last longer and larger/growing footprint. And also, thanks to pollution, the acidity of the ocean has increased by 26% since the industrial revolution. So, in order to prevent all that we need to stay under 2 degrees, and in order to do that societies can't omit more than 250 billion tonnes  of carbon. Which is doable. But, currently we burn 10 billion tonnes a year... so at this rate we will surpass the 250 billion ton budget within 25 years. (2) So changes need to start being made NOW. 

 

1. Cowspiracy

http://www.cowspiracy.com

2. Before the flood 

https://www.beforetheflood.com

Original Post

Interesting research, My question is did the movies talk at all about how we can get the same amount of food without this industry?  Because we consume, especially here in north america, a ton of food.  so how do they, and how do you think we can combat that need for food and the kinds of food that the average person craves?

Awesome research!

Seth

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