climate change and biodiversity

Climate change, loss of biodiversity, food shortage and drought are all serious issues. If only there were one single, easy way to end it all…

A sad fact of modern-day life, and perhaps the most alarming stats to some, is the rapid loss of both plant and animal species.

To demonstrate the current loss of species, take a look at these stats pulled from the WWF.

  • The rapid loss of species we are seeing today is estimated by experts to be between 1,000 and 10,000 times higher than the natural extinction rate.*
  • These experts calculate that between 0.01 and 0.1% of all species will become extinct each year.
  • If the low estimate of the number of species out there is true – i.e. that there are around 2 million different species on our planet –  then that means between 200 and 2,000 extinctions occur every year.
  • But if the upper estimate of species numbers is true – that there are 100 million different species co-existing with us on our planet – then between 10,000 and 100,000 species are becoming extinct each year.

climate change and biodiversity

Our current exploitation of the planets resources and animals is wildly unsustainable. A large degree of this damage stems from a couple of major sources. Animal agriculture and transportation.

The stats above are just for loss of biodiversity. This isn’t even including climate change, sea levels, pollution, food shortage and drought.

No one talks about animal agriculture, yet it’s the single easiest way to reduce our environmental impact. It contributes for over 50% of methane gas production, the single most damaging element to the ozone layer and global warming.

If you really want to take action and reduce your carbon footprint there’s one easy thing you can do. Shorter showers aren’t the answer. Moving towards a vegan diet is the most important thing you can be doing.

climate change and biodiversity

Start by doing meatless Mondays, progress to a vegetarian diet and finally ditch the animal products altogether. There’s plenty more tips over here, here and here to help you get started.

Once you’ve cracked veganism, start spreading the message to your friends and family. The only way that environmental change will be slowed is if everyone acts together.

Shorter showers, cycling to work and other small changes to your lifestyle are also great at decreasing your environmental impact. The problem is, they’re exactly that. Small. The only major step you can make is choosing a vegan lifestyle. These other small changes are great alongside veganism and add to an even more reduced environmental impact.

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