At this stage of the Animal Rights movement, the subject of global
warming is by and large considered irrelevant, and thus ignored.
This has to change, immediately or sooner...Why?
The obvious initial answer is that the animal industry generates
more greenhouse gasses than the transportation system.
riding a bicycle generates more GHGs than a vegan driving a Hummer.
So, yes, veganism definitely is a solution.
But even if all 6 billion humans on Earth suddenly become vegans
tomorrow, there is still a greater problem requiring an even great
solution - stopping GHG release from all sources altogether in
record time, failing which a full-blown and unstoppable 6th Mass
Extinction will descend upon the Earth.
is not a theory. It is a fact. Its early stages are already
unfolding all over the world as we speak. And it is anthropogenic –
i.e. of human cause (see
Every day, we are exterminating dozens of known species, and an
unknown number of unknown species – directly by hunting and habitat
destruction, and indirectly by global warming - and this extinction
rate is escalating. (see
The magnificent Amazon rainforest seems destined to annihilation
- become scrubland at best, a savannah if even drier, and a desert
at worse - 5 million species right there. (see
A medium case scenario presented by the UN Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) projects a temperature rise of 3
degrees Celsius and a "moderate" reduction of 30% of Earth’s
biodiversity (currently totaling about 20 million species) by 2100.
As early as 2007, however, the Arctic-meltdown and Amazon-drought
combination exceeded IPCC’s worst case scenario by 300%. How much
more of the worst case scenario can we exceed given a whole century
of continued human selfishness, shortsightedness and stupidity? (see
Our business-as-usual, economy-over-ecology way of dealing with
global warming (see
points at a global temperature rise in excess of the
“6-degrees-Celsius/10-degrees-Fahrenheit” threshold where over 90%
of all Earth’s species would go extinct, possibly including our own.
And we haven't even calculated the impact of the most dangerous
substance on Earth - methane clathrate (methan hydrate), currently
in solid form in the permafrost and under the sea. But the ocean is
warming and the permafrost is melting. The methane being released is
>20 time more powerful as a GHG than carbon dioxide. More methane in
the atmosphere, more intense global warming, more methane
released... Such a positive feedback loop will drive global warming
into unstoppable and merciless runaway global heating.
The point to be made here is that the activities of our species
are dooming millions of species of animals and plants to extinction.
No crime perpetrated by us throughout our blood-soaked history,
against humanity or against nature, can be greater than this.
Since it is already happening, it is our responsibility to do all
we can to minimize the carnage as soon as possible.
We have no right to destroy in a century what took millions of
years to evolve. In other words, we have no right to categorically
eradicate God’s creation. And the animals, whose rights we champion,
have every right to live, and live in harmony with an unpolluted
If the Animal Rights movement does not rise in defense of these
otherwise doomed species, including all mammals and birds, what
I will not bore you with small talk about changing light bulbs and
insulating houses. There will be no light bulbs to change and no
houses to insulate within a century unless we shut down the most
gargantuan monstrosity our species has ever created - the hideous
and damned Alberta Tar Sands.
Within 3 years.
This is more than a David-v-Goliath contest, but one akin to
mouse-v-dinosaur. Even members of Mission Impossible say,
“Impossible”. But I think otherwise. I will not bore you with more
words here. Please see the Tar Sands for yourselves, for now. (see
http://www.all-creatures.org/hope/gw/02_Alberta_tar_sands.htm ) The
solution will come shortly. Meanwhile, just bear in mind, between
the mouse and the dinosaur, which is still alive today?
Anthony Marr, founder
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
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