anonymous asked:

um, so lets say that letting loose a whole bunch of animals onto the planet wasn't a problem. the pesticides, fertilizers, and poisons that agricultural farmers set/spray would be detrimental to water supplies, and would pollute groundwater, so really, being vegan would be just as bad as being a meateater if the whole world were to participate.

…I’m sorry what? Why exactly are we letting loose a whole bunch of animals and increasing our pesticide use? Those are some pretty massive assumptions right off the bat. First of all, if the world went vegan it’d happen over time, we wouldn’t suddenly have 60 billion farmed animals roaming the streets. As demand goes down, so does the number of animals being bred to fulfill that demand, which is basic economics. The ones who do remain can comfortable live out their lives in sanctuaries, as the lucky few already do.

As for pesticides, I think you must be assuming that if we all went vegan we’d need more vegetables to feed the population, but you’re very wrong about that. If we look at cows, for example, it takes 16 pounds of grain to make one pound of beef. That’s 94% more land, and 94% more pesticides than just eating that grain directly. All told, livestock consume 70% of all the grain we produce, 98% of all soy, and a fifth of all water consumed globally. Farmed animals take in far more calories in crop feed than they will ever give out in meat, meaning that they are literally detracting from the global food supply. If the world went vegan, we would add an addition 70% to the world’s global food supply.

All of this is also assuming that we would still be using pesticides and animal fertilizers, but by your own hypothetical the whole world is vegan, so why exactly would we be using products which harm animals? Plant ferifilisers are very effective and veganic farming already exists. It is not the case that crops can’t be grown without harming animals or people. I think if you’re really honest with yourself, the reason you aren’t vegan isn’t because “all the animals would be released and we’d use loads of pesticides if everyone went vegan", it’s because you like eating animals. I’d honestly prefer you just admit that instead of inventing these nonsensical straw man hypotheticals which waste everyone’s time.


february/march ‘17— hong kong is the city i will always come back to. one that i don’t know how to leave, which is to say: this is my north point, the place that holds the strongest magnetism, pulling my heart into the rhythm of train wheels over tracks. across oceans and i am here. this is not my motherland, only a daughter of it. like me. her tongue is my sister tongue; a song sung in another octave that i can only that i can only half understand and only if i sing my song first. if i was a country this would be it: the aftermath of a mainland mother and father, colonised. languages in halves. two ways of thinking in a fist fight. the old under market stalls in mongkok, chestnuts roasted in giant woks on the sidewalk, voices rising over scaffolding. and the new finding a place on hong kong island caught in the throats of expats and small bars and conversations holding three languages. hong kong breathed polluted air into me and i can’t stop coughing out her skyline. 

We owe this world a lot. From our very existence to the air we breathe, the food we eat and the people we meet. It’s up to you, but the easiest thing to do is just switch off your lights and stop using electronic things like computers and iPads as much as you can. (Not as easy as it sounds, huh?) 

Get out some candles or small torches – or just watch the sky, with hopefully a little less light pollution. Show some love. For one hour. It’s all it takes to.
One hour.

Global warming is a real problem.

Our affluent society rests on shaky moral grounds. We reach the moon and pollute the Earth. We long for peace and go to war. An age that has split the atom must heal the splits in humanity. To cure the moral crisis that blights our world each of us need only to look to ourselves.
If we each listen to the still small voice of conscience we shall soon perceive that simple basic things like goodness, purity, unselfishness, love and integrity are our greatest and most priceless treasure. Seek affluence in these and the tragedies of misused material affluence will end in happiness for all
—  Dwight Eisenhower

December 5th 1952: Great Smog of London begins

On this day in 1952, the Great Smog descended on London, beginning a national crisis which lasted for four days. Following the Industrial Revolution, which began in the late eighteenth century, London saw a sharp rise in polluted, smoky fog (known as smog) due to toxic coal fumes emitted by factories. Smog, unlike fog, is often thick, discoloured, and foul-smelling, and several smogs affected London throughout the nineteenth century. December 1952 was bitterly cold, and as Londoners burned large amounts of coal to keep warm, the smoke joined with toxic fumes from factories. The smoke was trapped by an anticyclone in the region, and, unable to disperse, combined with fog to create a smog. The thick smog caused chaos in London, with traffic halted by poor visibility of a few metres, opportunists committing crime, and the poisonous air filling hospitals with people suffering from breathing problems. Around 4,000 people, plus numerous animals and livestock, are known to have died as a result of the fog, though recent estimates taking into account long-term damage are much higher at 12,000. The smog was London’s worst civilian disaster, producing more casualties than any single incident during the Second World War and the Blitz. To prevent future disasters, Parliament passed the Clean Air Act of 1956 which tried to limit smoke emissions. Innovations in technology and environmental legislation ensured that no such smog has ever occurred again, but invisible pollution remains a grave concern for modern cities.

(see: metoffice.gov.uk, historytoday.com)


The Wair smart scarf doubles as an air filter in polluted cities

  • French startup Clausette is hoping to capitalize on air quality concerns around with world with its anti-pollution scarf called Wair.
  • The startup has turned the everyday fashion accessory into a device that it claims can filter out harmful pollutants and bacteria found in poor air.
  • The device continuously monitors outside pollution in real-time and sends users air quality updates.
  • At also suggests travel routes to avoid overly polluted areas, all through a companion app called Supairman.
  • The company’s product line ranges from black neck tubes to wrap-around scarves and retails between around $56 and $91. Read more

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The Bortle Scale and Light Pollution

The Bortle Scale is used by astronomers to rate the darkness of our skies. It ranges from 1 (darkest) to 9 (brightest). For most of us, our daily lives are spent beneath a radiance level of between 5 and 8 and rarely venture into areas ranked 3 or darker- and what a shame that is.

Light pollution, while a testament to our technological advances, has blanketed our view of the universe and decoupled our relationship with the cosmos. For the millions of people living in areas where less than 20 stars can be seen in the night sky, it is practically impossible to imagine a natural sky blanketed with upwards of 2,500 stars backed by great ribbons of billions of stars which can be found in our Galaxy: The Milky Way.

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A Tasty Solution 

Saltwater Brewery created an answer to floating plastic six pack rings harming the ocean environment and its creatures. Their rings are edible and made from wheat and barley leftover from the beer making process. It’s a great way for the brewery to cut back on waste product and provides a snack for fish and other sea dwelling animals. If more companies recycled like this maybe we could cut down on the amount of garbage polluting our waters daily.

Kudos, Saltwater Brewery.

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