Meat, the Climate, and Your Health: Mainstream Media Perspectives  
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HOST: Climate change is very real.
Throughout the world, people are being faced devastating floods, drought, earthquakes, tsunamis… the list goes on. Mothers, fathers, brothers, and sisters try flee their homes as rising sea levels engulf entire communities, only to find that they have very few or no place to go to restart their lives.

Senior US Senator John Kerry highlighted this in an August 2009 “Huffington Post” article, titled “We Can't Ignore the Security Threat from Climate Change.”

VO: “Scientists tell us we have a 10-year window -- if even that – before catastrophic climate change becomes inevitable and irreversible. The threat is real, and time is not on our side.”

“The truth is that the threat we face is not an abstract concern for the future. It is already upon us and its effects are being felt worldwide, right now. Scientists project that the Arctic will be ice-free in the summer of 2013. Not in 2050, but four years from now. Make no mistake: catastrophic climate change represents a threat to human security, global stability, and – yes -- even to American national security. Climate change injects a major new source of chaos, tension, and human insecurity into an already volatile world.

It threatens to bring more famine and drought, worse pandemics, more natural disasters, more resource scarcity, and human displacement on a staggering scale. We risk fanning the flames of failed-statism, and offering glaring opportunities to the worst actors in our international system. In an interconnected world, that endangers all of us.”

HOST: Fortunately, there is still hope for our planet. As is increasingly recognized by international scientists, officials, and media, humanity need just turn to the vegan diet to alleviate global warming and secure our world’s sustainable future.

In the article “Vegetarianism, the mantra to overcome climate change challenges,” for India’s “Financial Express,” Rajiv Tikoo wrote:

“Vegetarianism is emerging as a new solution to solving the climate change challenge. The latest to champion the cause is the best-known climate economist Nicholas Stern, who has said that turning vegetarian would help to check climate change. He is not alone in taking up the dietary aspect of climate change.

Now, even celebrities are joining the campaign.
Cutting down on meat not only helps in reducing emissions, but also the cost of fighting climate change, according to another study by the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency.

Climate Benefits of Changing Diet has concluded that reducing meat intake would help slash the costs of fighting climate change. It would not only bring down emissions of methane and nitrous oxide, but also free up grazing land for carbon sequestration. The study has estimated that low-meat diets help would cut the cost of stabilising GHG emissions by more than half in 2050.”