Can you imagine the shift in perspective you would feel if very human in existence fit in the palm of your hand?
That is what the Apollo moon mission astronauts experienced when they saw the entire world in their field of vision. Earth rise from the moon, every man, woman and child in existence was on the horizon. They could literally see it all.
Few people have had this perspective. I have to wonder if those who gazed on the Earth in it’s entirety realized that the planet was sick? Potentially dying. Before you read on, take a look at this short video from Carl Sagan to put things into perspective.
We are nearing the point of no return. Temperatures will rise to irreversible levels, forest fires will ravage the planet, indeed we have already seen record fires in the last two years in Canada and the US. Water levels will rise, some towns are already underwater. I listened to a podcast about an island off the US which is slowly submerging. The hungry sea is rising around the edges to swallow it.
This “Pale Blue Dot” as Carl Sagan calls it is being consumed by a cancer as its own inhabitants attack it from the inside.
We have nowhere else to go. Once this planet dies the human race dies with it. It may be argued that we are not deserving of salvation from a death of our own short sighted creation but we have a duty to our planet and our home to step up and take responsibility for our actions and reverse the damage we have done.
I have not eaten meat for a few years now. I do not eat meat for my own reasons but I am not naive enough to think that this action is saving the planet. It is not a sacrifice for me, the choice is simple but for some people it is a huge sacrifice. It is a tough ask.
For me there is no choice. Why would I eat meat?
That is the question we should all ask. I have been asked many times why I don’t eat meat but I would like to turn that around because the question is just as valid in the opposite direction.
Why do you eat meat?
There is no judgement in this question, but it is important to ask. To eat meat is healthy and natural. The Earth cannot survive without a food chain.
I do feel, however, that it is important that we all take responsibility for our actions. Why eat meat? If we know the why, it will effect the how. What I mean by this is that if we examine our carnivorous habits it will help us all to be aware of the over consumption of meat in our society.
If we are eating a burger for a quick snack, a chicken nugget from McDonalds or a sausage from 7/11 we need to stop and think about it. It is our responsibility to ask why am I eating this. Many of us are are poisoning our bodies with bad quality, processed, carcinogenic meat. The cancer that is killing our planet will grow in our bodies as we consume this shit.
We must choose….
By this I mean we must choose to eat meat or not to eat meat. Whatever we do we must do it consciously because it matters. We cannot afford to put these products into your bodies without thinking about the consequences. We cannot feed the overconsumption which is strangling everything.
Think about the why and chose deliberately.
Please do not eat meat without thinking about it. Really make the choice, and think about the choice. There are many of us out there who simply love the taste of meat. If this is you, then please eat meat for that reason. I encourage you to stay away from the poor quality meat which is unethical and unhealthy. Let us all stand by our principles and chose taste and quality.
The beef industry is killing our “Pale Blue Dot“. Animal agriculture is one of the largest causes of deforestation, we are literally choking on cows farts as the mass produced methane gas poisons our planet, the amount of grain required to drive the beef industry could put an end to world hunger but we over indulge.
I want to treat this blog as an open letter to society in general – I am not naive enough to believe that the human race will give up meat (yet) nor am I in a position where I can tell anyone what they should do, we are all our own masters and we all have the maturity and strength in us to come to our own decisions and life choices.
What I ask is that meat lovers commit to quality and stand against over consumption.
I was inspired by a podcast I listened to recently. The guest, who spent his life working with primates, suggested cutting our meat consumption in half. This is so achievable and the results would change the course of our planets down fall.
We are at a tipping point, on the edge of a precipice, our fragile planet is in the balance.
I would like to encourage you all to join the 50% movement and commit to cutting your meat consumption in half and making an effort to be aware of the meat choices you make. Chose for you. Healthy, organic and ethical.
And remember to ask, why do I eat meat? There is no wrong answer here but by reducing your meat consumption and choosing ethical meat we are making a huge difference to our “Pale Blue Dot” because once it expires, we have nowhere else to go.
Thank you for reading and it would mean so much to me if you joined the movement to reduce meat consumption on a global scale.
Please like the The 50% Movement on Facebook if you are interested in taking part.