That’s the mission of Pat Brown, a former Stanford University professor of biochemistry and founder of Impossible Foods, who wants to create livestock-free meat so appetizing, even carnivores will salivate.
His ultimate goal is not to convince people to completely give up on
animal products, but to reduce our carbon footprint by creating a
climate-friendly substitute for resource-intensive animal meat. Read more
After seeing the effects of meat production/consumption on the environment, water supply, and human health, it’s a simple way to reduce your carbon footprint.
And nobody is telling you to eat NO meat. Just LESS meat. I’m not a vegetarian/vegan, but this seems like a common-sense solution to some major environmental issues. Use your head! Go forth and be awesome.
Beef’s environmental impact dwarfs that of other meat
including chicken and pork, new research reveals, with one expert saying
that eating less red meat would be a better way for people to cut
carbon emissions than giving up their cars.
The heavy impact on the environment of meat production was
known but the research shows a new scale and scope of damage,
particularly for beef. The popular red meat requires 28 times more land
to produce than pork or chicken, 11 times more water and results in five
times more climate-warming emissions. When compared to staples like
potatoes, wheat, and rice, the impact of beef per calorie is even more
extreme, requiring 160 times more land and producing 11 times more
yo have I mentioned how simplified these illustrations are? Because they are very simplified. Could more people transitioning to a more plant-based diet help reduce global carbon emissions and slow global warming? You read some research and you decide.
these illustrations are part of an ongoing freelance gig. Visit this tag to see the completed set so far!
1. Be kind to everyone. This is by far the most important thing you will ever do in your life. Take care of every human being you interact with. How you treat others is a direct reflection on who you are. Leave a path of goodness behind you at all turns in life.
2. Take care of your habitat. A clean room improves mental and emotional health as well as financial stability, intelligence, and physical health. Beyond that, take care of the environment. Plant trees, reduce your carbon footprint, and please stop littering!
3. Trust should be given, not earned. Trusting people is not a sign of weakness, it is an extension of kindness. Showing hesitance to someone that has never done you wrong only speaks ill upon your character.
4. Cultivate meaningful friendships. A solid base of friends is a gift from the universe. Family and lovers are important, but friends should mean just as much. Be the first to reach out. Make plans. Ask people how their day was and truly listen to their answer. Over time, weed out toxic people and leave room for those that truly care for you.
5. Stay Positive. Smile. Smile. Smile. Even when you have tears running down your face. Happiness is something you need to work hard on. No one can hand it to you except for yourself.
6. Read at least 10 books a year. Expand your vocabulary. Get a taste of a life outside of your own.
7. Work hard. Effort should be put into everything you do. Scrub the dishes like your life depends on it. Be the best employee you can be. Make yourself proud no matter what you are doing.
8. Grow Passions. Hobbies should follow you into adulthood. It is so vital for people to have things they can do to clear their head, have fun, and channel their energy into.
9. Save money. A trip to a foreign country will be better for your soul than a new pair of shoes. Being debt free will build a more solid foundation for your life than a meal out ever will.
10. Do not pull children into adult matters. I cannot stress this enough. Arguing in front of children is detrimental to their growth and happiness. Children should never know when their parents are fighting. Have enough patience and respect to not damage a child with your petty issues.
11. Check your ego at the door. You are not better than anyone in this world. An inmate carries the same worth as a diplomat. It is more impressive to see yourself as an equal than as a superior or inferior person. Each heart beats for life. Each set of lungs breathes oxygen. Each human is just as important as the next.
12. Spend time with yourself. Learn to be alone. Eat dinner out by yourself. Travel by yourself. See a movie by yourself. Go to the beach by yourself. Get to know who you really are without the distraction of others.
13. Honesty really is the best policy. Lies breed stress, anxiety, insecurity, and drama. Be honest at all times about how you feel and how you think. Own up to your wrongs. And always tell the truth.
14. Fear is abundantly healthy. Fear is a hurdle of the mind and facing your fears means you were able to break past what you previously thought was your limitation. Don’t fear your fear. Accept it, challenge it, and come out victorious!
15. Never stop learning. Master a skill and then tackle another. You will never regret chasing knowledge.
16. Take ownership of your emotions. How we feel is on us. No one has the power to make you angry, upset, happy, or content. You are in control of your emotional reaction-always. There are no exceptions.
17. Life isn’t fair, but then again- what is fair? We predetermine how we feel we should be treated based on how we label ourselves. Ever heard the saying- bad things happen to good people? Well, what exactly is a bad thing? And who exactly is a good person? Learn to accept things as either gifts or lessons.
18. Help those in need without a desire to be repaid. Graciousness builds upon self image. Those who help those who cannot help them back are people we all, soon, admire.
19. Honestly look at yourself at least once a month. Insight is a virtue. Determine what areas you need to seek growth in. Never stop becoming a better you.
20. Foster your creativity. Write. Dance. Act. Draw. Paint. Sing. Play an Instrument. Whatever creative outlet speaks to you, focus on it for the rest of your days. It doesn’t matter if you think you can paint well or not. Never let your imagination fade. Hold on to your childlike way of expressing yourself. Always turn to the arts when you are feeling blue.
21. Be grateful- for anything and everything you ever experience. Be grateful for people, food, your home, lessons, obstacles, weaknesses, strengths, employment, education, adventure, and whatever else life blesses you with. There is always something to be grateful for. Never take anything for granted. The moment you do, is the moment you begin to lose out on the wonderful joys of life.
22. Numbers don’t determine your value. We stamp a number on everything- weight, grades, days in a relationship, comments on social media, money in our pockets, and even the nutrition we put into our bodies. For the love of god, stop counting. We invented those numbers and now we use them to criticize and degrade ourselves. You are more than a number.
23. Weigh your options. Writing a list of pros and cons is always a great idea. Sleep on things before your finalize your plans. Seek advice from people you can rely on for an unbiased opinion. Don’t panic and rush into anything. You need to make sure your decisions are good for your future and not just your present.
24. Unplug. Leave your phone at home and walk into the forest. Don’t experience anything but that moment at that exact time. Don’t even bring a camera with you. Digest life without a filter of any kind. You will see things as you have never seen them before.
25. Love yourself. You will be by your side every waking moment of your life. Everyone else will spend at least some time away. If you rely on others to bring love to your doorstep, you will never fully understand what it is to feel and express genuine admiration.
25 Lessons - One for Each Year of My Life // February 2016
Thrift stores mostly! I go thrifting A LOT and I don’t always find anything, but when I do, it’s always a great bargain. People will tell you you should go to the thrift stores in wealthy neighbourhoods which is true but I also like to go to the ones in rinky dink small towns because everything is dirt cheap and hasn’t been picked over by hipsters.
I also shop at Winners (TJMaxx in the states) and occasionally I splurge at the clearance rack at Forever21 and H&M. Sometimes I shop online.
but really almost everything I own is thrifted, it’s how I have always bought my clothes. It’s not for everyone, but for me it is a way of life and something that I can do to reduce my carbon footprint. Plus I like the treasure hunt! It’s fun!
2016 beat the world record for the hottest year, and this was the third year in a row. Climate change is a really huge issue, and if we don’t start to reduce our carbon footprint, we’re in huge trouble.
Trump, Many progressives, democrats, and liberals agree: Climate Change is our biggest threat as a nation. You have consistently denied that view, called it a ‘lie’ made up by 'China’, or attempted to undermine it in the name of corporate pragmatism.
While we do vehemently disagree with those notions, and believe that climate change threatens our habitat here on Earth as well as our livelihood, we understand that the success of our country depends on working together. We understand the importance of finding common ground. America should be energy independent, and our country’s manufacturing sector need to be rebuilt.
We believe that to deny climate change is irresponsible, and since it is an inevitablity, you must find ways to work with corporate America to ensure our livelihood and reduce our carbon emissions.
With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, countries are mobilizing to tackle climate change. NYC is also doing its part for a cleaner, more sustainable planet and taking the lead in working to achieve these goals through OneNYC: The Plan for a Strong and Just City - an innovative blueprint for the City’s future that focuses on growth, equity, sustainability and resiliency.
Okay, so I’ve seen mention a few times of seed libraries in a solarpunk context, and I want to talk about that for a minute because HELL YES.
Two facts before we begin: one, I am a librarian by trade, so I freely admit to being super biased toward anything and everything that smacks of libraries; two, my home state happens to have a kickass seed library that was shut down not too long ago.
First of all: seed libraries are an absolutely fantastic idea. Not only are they a great way to preserve a wide diversity of plant life, especially heirlooms and varietals that would be difficult to find and grow otherwise, but they are a cost effective, community based way to encourage sharing and gardening (with all that entails, like reduced carbon footprint, small-scale and sustainable agriculture, and food independence).
The community aspect is especially important here, I think: rather than expecting each person to obtain their own seeds, you have the option to purchase a small number of seeds collectively and share them among the community. Participating members can switch crops regularly, to prevent the soil from getting tired, without giving up on certain crops completely.
Plus, as a community you can use seed libraries as an affirmation that sustainability is important, while offering ways to actual support sustainable practices (gardening) within the group.
I’d be hard pressed to think of anything more solarpunk than that, unless you turned them from formal institutions into super local community-based efforts, a la the Little Free Library program.
Secondly: holy accessibility, batman! I mentioned above the cost-effectiveness, but I wanted to mention it again because it is important. Seeds are expensive, especially if you have an interest in uncommon varietals, like purple potatoes or heirloom tomatoes.
Add to that the fact that some seeds are patent-protected (I’m looking at you, Monsanto), with farmers expressly forbidden from replanting any extra/leftover seeds from one season to the next, and you have HUGE monetary barriers to entry in gardening and farming. Small scale agriculture is virtually impossible, and definitely not economically sustainable, when you are required to pay through the nose at the beginning of each growing season for seeds.
Purchasing seeds collectively, saving and replanting them from year to year cuts out one of the major barriers to local sustainability efforts: the cost. Fight capitalism through sharing!
There are two big problems with seed libraries, though.
One: they run counter to capitalistic ideals, and specifically threaten large companies that have made major profit off of seed patents (yes, I’m talking about Monsanto again).
While this does seem like a good thing at first glance, these companies are also responsible for major advances in agriculture and food science. Remember the time they created a new rice strain that included beta-carotene to reduce childhood blindness and malnutrition?
If seed libraries go large-scale (or just get really popular), we run the risk of reducing funding going toward scientific food-based research, so we’ll need to find an alternate way to make sure that necessary research gets funded. Although we are privileged enough here in the U.S. to get away with disliking GMOs, other countries depend on them for basic nutrition, so we need to make sure that appropriate progress is still made when it’s needed.
Two: there are concerns that seed libraries may increase the spread of agricultural diseases. Literally the very last thing that a solarpunk society needs is another Great Potato Famine, which is a risk when seeds are stored and distributed by untrained people who don’t know what to look for.
I don’t have a good solution to this one (dammit, Jim, I’m a librarian, not an agricultural engineer!) but maybe someone else does? Is there any easy way to decontaminate or identify spoiled seeds in the collection, or are we all going to start seeing witches everywhere because of spoiled wheat if we give seed libraries a try?
Does anyone else have any thought on seed libraries? What are some good ways to overcome the issues inherent with them?
Americans consume nearly four times the amount of animal protein than the global average. Don’t think you can commit to a vegan lifestyle? For every day you don’t eat meat, you can save over 400 gallons of water and reduce your carbon footprint by 8 pounds. Challenge yourself to at least one “meat free” day per week.
What's wrong with bill nye? not trying to be rude just curious about what he's said, I don't keep up with him anymore
He’s an engineer. Not a climate scientist. He talks about things he has no formal training in and then goes so far to say that people who do not reduce their carbon footprint should be jailed and Climate Change is responsible for ISIS.