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Spare a Thought for Gaia

Ever since the Industrial Revolution, 200 years ago, people have been living in a way that puts pressure on Earth’s natural resources. All those years we were campaigning against nuclear bombs, we were developing more bad habits: driving everywhere, flying more often, using stacks of plastic bags and leaving lights on everywhere we went. the planet, after years of neglect and thoughtlessness, is in a bad way as a result. Natural calamities are springing up like acne.

We are all responsible for saving our planet. Now, this is the time for us to curb excessive consumerism and cease the exploitation of natural resources. We have to realize that only a simple, frugal lifestyle can possibly help mankind coexist with the Earth.


Vegetarianism – The Green Movement

In recent years, zoonotic diseases – diseases transmitted between humans and animals – like the foot-and-mouth disease, mad cow disease, SARS, avian flu have caused widespread panic around the world.

Recognizing that preventive measures must be accelerated to counter these human epidemics with animal origin, volunteers from different organizations worldwide have actively called out to the public to go on meatless diet.

The primary benefit of adopting a meatless diet is the reduction of raising livestock which often costs excessive deforestation, ecosystem disruption, as well as air and water pollution.

Producing meat requires a huge amount of resources compared to growing fruit, vegetables and grains. More importantly, the grains that were used to feed livestock could feed millions of people suffering from hunger.

Whether you care about animal cruelty or not, you cannot deny the enormous drain that meat eating has on the worlds limited supply of fertile land and water.

Here are a few facts:

  • 20 vegetarians can live off the same amount of land required by one meat eater
  • If Americans reduced their meat consumption by 10%, it would be free 12 million tones of grain- enough to feed 60 million people.
  • An average hectare will yield 187kg of beef or 22,680kg of potatoes.
  • 250 litres of waters are needed to produce 1kg of wheat, and 25,000 litres to produce 1kg of meat.
  • The water used to produce 5kg of steak is equivalent to the average consumption of water for an entire household for an entire year.
  • Cows breaking wind and belching are estimated to account for 35% of Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions, thereby being a major cause of global warming.
  • Each vegetarian meal will prevent the release of 780g of CO2 into the atmosphere.
  • In addition, vegetarianism also promotes
  1.  Broadmindedness and contentment to help one get rid of worries
  2. good health and helps to prevent diseases
  3. Vegetarian food is environmental friendly and helps keep calamities.

Here are some good websites for vegetarian recipes and tell you more about vegetarianism :

VegWeb: www.vegweb.com

Nava Atlas’s Vegetarian Kitchen: www.vegkitchen.com

The Vegetarian Resource Group: www.vrg.org

Blog :  http://vegetarianmuch.blogspot.sg/2011/10/lets-take-lesson-from-charlottes-web.html

PETA : http://www.peta.org/

Vegetarian Times : http://www.vegetariantimes.com


… to save resources

Commit to eating a vegetables-only dinner once a week.This is a start. It will be even more effective and much more fun if you do it with all your family.

Not only will you be doing your bit for the environment, you will be opening up your taste buds to a whole new range of foods and flavours. If you still hanker after meat, there are excellent meat substitutes available.

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Reference

1. Adapted from 365 Ways to Change the World by Michael Norton.

2. Rich Hough. 2007. You can save the planet. A&C Black Publishers Limited: London, UK. Page. 6.

3. http://www.tzuchi.org.sg/eng/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=652&Itemid=545

 

 

Quotes to share


Wilbur burst into tears. “I dont want to die,” he moaned. “I want to stay alive, right here in my comfortable manure pile with all my friends. I want to breathe the beautiful air and lie in the beautiful sun.”

E. B. White (Charlotte’s Web)


Love and cherish all the earth’s resources with a heart of gratitude. A simple life is a life which lacks nothing.”

~ Jing Si Alphorism