Consuming Less Meat Essential To Curb Climate Change? Thinktank Report Says So

For some people, lowering their carbon footprint is important because they firmly believe mankind is responsible for the extreme climate changes seen over the past ten to fifteen years. Previously brought to the forefront as global warming, then enforced by Al Gore, people are now doing their best to tackle this situation the best they can. The Inquisitr previously reported on news associated with such. On the business side, solar panels have been greatly improved. They are cheaper to make with improved efficiency, yet still cuts carbon emissions. On the political side, President Barack Obama has implemented EPA regulations on power plants, specifically with carbon emissions.

Along with the two given examples above, there are many other reports of the world trying to attack this problem. Depending on the person, the newest report on the matter is either agenda-driven or enlightened truth, which a thinktank says consuming less meat will curb climate change.

According to an analysis from the thinktank, Chatham House, and reported by The Guardian, the global livestock industry produces more greenhouse gas emissions than all automobiles, aircraft, railway vehicles, and nautical vessels combined. For most people, this may come as a surprise because a worldwide survey by Ipsos MORI finds twice as many people believe transportation is the biggest contributor to climate change. Rob Bailey, the lead author of the analysis by Chatham House, made a comment on this.

“Preventing catastrophic warming is dependent on tackling meat and dairy consumption, but the world is doing very little. A lot is being done on deforestation and transport, but there is a huge gap on the livestock sector. There is a deep reluctance to engage because of the received wisdom that it is not the place of governments or civil society to intrude into people’s lives and tell them what to eat.”

Though the analysis is considered a landmark in which eating less meat can “substantially lower” emissions, there is no United Nations (UN) plan to achieve it, maybe because such calls, in the past, were both rare and controversial. This includes taxing meat, linking meat consumption to heart disease and cancer, and statements of compromise such as the fact not everyone has to be vegetarian to curb climate change.

Chatham House’s analysis builds on recent scientific studies which shows the largest meat consumers in the world, the forecast on who will consume meat up to 2021, and a survey that shows the percentage of people agreeing that human activities (consuming resources, pollution, etc.) contribute to climate change. The Guardian provided three graphs which are shown below.

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This chart shows the top ten countries that consume meat by million tonnes back in 2011. (via The Guardian)
meat consumption growth chart
This chart shows the predicted growth in meat consumption in million tonnes, starting with 2011 and ending ten years later in 2021. (via The Guardian)
human activities chart
This chart shows the percentage of those who surveyed, whom believe the human population's activities contribute to climate change. By the average given, eight out of ten people believe people contribute to it. (via The Guardian)

Just from the initial data provided above, do you think reducing the consumption of meat will “substantially lower” emissions thus curbing climate change? Or do you think this analysis is mostly agenda driven, possibly by a company that frowns upon the consumption of meat such as the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)?

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