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The Cow in the Room at COP28

From ClimateHealers.org
December 2023

"Adding wings to caterpillars does not create butterflies" ~ Stephanie Pace Marshall... “Veganism is the Swiss army knife of our future; one instrument solves our ethical, economic, environmental, water and health problems, and ends animal cruelty forever” ~ Philip Wollen

Climate Healers

As you know, we meet every quarter for the Vegan Convergence Of the Peoples (V-COP). Our fifteenth convergence is happening on Oct 28-29 and the theme is “Sea of Change”. The focus of V-COP15 is the ocean and how to help life thrive in the ocean.

We call it the Vegan Convergence Of the Peoples, because the adoption of Veganism, a philosophy and a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to animals for food, clothing or any other purpose, is the foundation of any plausible resolution of the SIX planetary boundaries that humanity has transgressed in the biogeochemical cycles of the planet.

Every planetary boundary transgression can cause us to die off. Transgressing SIX of them is like putting six nooses around our necks and daring Mother Nature to pull them all.

Climate change is actually number four out of the six in severity. The most severe transgression is biodiversity loss, the rate at which wild animals are dying off. By going vegan, we release around 40% of the ice-free land area of the planet and the entire ocean back to Nature and this would help wildlife recover. That is the only plausible way we can solve this most severe planetary boundary transgression.

And then comes nitrogen and phosphorus loading, where again animal agriculture is the leading cause since half the crops we grow are diverted to feed animals. The third is chemical pollution, which would be safely stored away in regenerating forests when we restore the native ecosystems of the planet. Eating animal foods also delivers concentrated doses of the chemical pollution into our bodies through bio-magnification. Hence, going Vegan addresses chemical pollution at both ends.

The fourth worst transgression is climate change, which can be mitigated when the excess carbon in the atmosphere is stored away in trees and soil when we restore the ecosystems of the planet. The fifth is land use which is mitigated in a Vegan world since human land use requirement plummets by half. 


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