Three people putting the protection of the planet before themselves. Three powerful stories from Latin America, the deadliest region for environmental activists.
Why cutting down on meat is good for the climate
The Guardian has released a video that explains, in figures, why eating less meat is good for the planet.
What is the main cause of global warming? 14.5 per cent of total CO2 emissions are generated by farm animals and dairies. Though it could seem a reasonable figure, it’s more than the CO2 emitted by all cars, trucks, ships and airplanes together, on the whole planet. These data are shown in the video Do you have to be a vegan to help fix climate change?, realised by British newspaper Guardian, under the Keep it in the Ground campaign launched in March. Then-director Alan Rusbridger’s last legacy.
If meat and animal products consumption continues at the current pace, total emissions will jump by 73 per cent by 2050. However, the planet doesn’t need to go vegan. It’s not about cutting out, but cutting down, and choosing wisely, says the video. For example, you could start by favouring chicken to beef. “A small step for your diet, a big step for the planet”.
Italy’s coal plants are closing down, but coal still powers several European countries and major Asian nations. This delay will weigh heavily on consumers.
Promoting reforestation and teaching young people about conservation: this is how Benard Kioko Ndaka is fighting the shock to our climate systems.
Some of the forests in the UNESCO Heritage list are “ill”. We discussed this with Elena Osipova from the IUCN and Giorgio Vacchiano from SISEF.
The traditional loin loom weaving art of Nagaland in India, which had been in decline due to a dearth of customers, is on being revived thanks to diversification
In Glasgow, technological solutions to climate change have been cleared as “natural” but are in contrast with regenerative, biodiversity-centred solutions.
The Amazon became an alternative classroom during the pandemic. Now, the educational forest in Batraja, Bolivia, lives on to teach children and adults the value of nature.
As the weeks since the end of COP26 go by, there’s been more time to reflect on the Glasgow climate conference. And realise that all hope is not yet lost.
COP26 ended on Saturday 13th November, one day later than expected. Some positives and many negatives in the Glasgow Climate Pact, weakened by India’s last-minute change.