Watch Philip Wollen's address to the St James Ethics Centre and
the Wheeler Centre debate ;
with Portuguese translation
Philip Wollen : Animals Should Be Off The Menu debate
Humanity’s Flesh Addiction Exacerbates Global Extinction
by: Anthony Damiano AELLA
Those of you who question planetary, animal and vegan activists would do well to remember that the moral dilemma pressing many of us to keep meat off our plates, includes a fear for your children. When you speak as though our care is not for human beings, you misjudge many of us. Most of us care about the future of all life, including that of human posterity. I can only hope that you read the information herein, to try and understand what many of us already know.
When the average, every day person thinks about issues like pollution, global warming and deforestation, their concern is based mainly on carbon dioxide emissions from our vehicles and factories. Unfortunately, this is only a small part of the problem relative to humanity’s affect in relation to climate change.
Methane happens to be a much more lethal greenhouse gas and our penchant for the consumption of flesh, to go along with a human overpopulation in regard to the way we currently live, has led us toward a downward spiral that we may not be able to pull ourselves out from.
The rearing of livestock, especially that of bovines, has become an increasingly detrimental risk to all of humanity. Cows produce a vast amount of methane emissions and in terms of greenhouse gases, one cow produces the same amount in one day as an SUV driving over 30 miles(roughly 48.2 kilometers).
Is the increase in the average temperature of Earth's near-surface air and oceans since the mid-20th century and its projected continuation. According to the 2007 Fourth Assessment Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), global surface temperature increased by 0.74 ± 0.18 °C(1.33 ± 0.32 °F) during the 20th century. Most of the observed temperature increase since the middle of the 20th century has been caused by increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases, which result from human activities such as the burning of fossil fuel and deforestation.
An increase in global temperature will cause sea levels to rise and will change the amount and pattern of precipitation, probably including expansion of subtropical deserts. Warming is expected to be strongest in the Arctic and would be associated with continuing retreat of glaciers, permafrost and sea ice. Other likely effects of the warming include more frequent and intense precipitation events, extreme weather events,species extinctions due to shifting isotherms, and changes in agricultural yields. Warming and related changes will vary from region to region around the globe, though the nature of these regional changes is uncertain. As a result of contemporary increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide, the oceans have become more acidic, a result that is predicted to continue.
The scientific consensus is that anthropogenic global warming is occurring. Nevertheless, skepticism amongst the wider public remains. The Kyoto Protocol is aimed at stabilizing greenhouse gas concentration to prevent a "dangerous anthropogenic interference". As of November 2009, 187 states had signed and ratified the protocol. Proposed responses to global warming include mitigation to reduce emissions, adaptation to the effects of global warming, and geoengineering to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.