“Livestock farming is the most significant contributor to today’s most serious environmental problems. URGENT ACTION is required to remedy the situation.” - FAO, United Nations
This petition calls for the citizens of Ottawa to make a leading example to the country and to the world by adopting "Meatless Mondays". It also calls for Canadian officials, media, school boards and doctors to promote the many health and environmental benefits of an organic plant-based diet to the general public.
In the last couple of decades humans have increased their meat intake drastically, and as a result there are now 60 billion farmed animals being raised to be killed worldwide each year. This is destroying our planet and our health.
WorldWatch Institute reports that the Livestock Industry is responsible for at least 51% of all greenhouse gas emissions, which is 4 times more than the emissions from all the world’s transportation combined. Animal agriculture is responsible for more than 80% of deforestation; is the single largest user of land and water; the major cause of oceanic dead zones, wide-scale land degradation and species loss; and a major polluter of all our water and land. It is also responsible for excessive use of chemicals, antibiotics, hormones, and other harmful substances that ultimately end up in us, our water and our environment.
Our animal-centered diet is strongly linked to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, allergies, Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, hypertension, Crohn’s desease, and many other major health issues. Swine flu, pig’s desease (PMWS), mad cow disease, and bird flu are all derived from consuming the flesh of animals or by being in contact with their contaminated waste. E. coli, Salmonella, blue-tongue disease, listeriosis, shellfish poisoning, and many others come from animal products as well.
A balanced plant-based is proven to be adequate in protein, amino-acids, vitamins, minerals, micronutrients and all other nutrients vital to the body, and can prevent, stop and reverse many of our degenerative diseases. The food used to feed livestock is enough to feed everyone on the planet and leave a surplus. Half of the world’s grain and 90% of world’s soy is fed to animals. 16 pounds of plant protein is required to produce just 1 pound of animal protein.
One factory farm creates more pollution than the city of Huston, Texas. In the USA alone, factory farms generate an estimated 575 billion pounds of animal manure yearly, 130 times as much excrement as the entire U.S. population. Eventually, it ends up in our water and food.
Since methane emitted by farmed animals remains in the atmosphere for less than 20 years but is 72 times as potent than carbon dioxide during this period, reducing the number of farmed animals would have a major, rapid effect in halting climate change, allowing us to gain more time to implement green technologies.
By signing this petition and staying connected with this cause, you are following the example of many well known people that have chosen to live on a plant-based diet, including: Albert Einstein, Leonardo Da Vinci, Charles Darwin, Mark Twain, Socrates, Pythagoras, Mahatma Gandhi, Leo Tolstoy, Mohammed Ali, Brad Pitt, Kate Winslet, Ellen Degeneres, Natalie Portman, Carrie Underwood, and many more.
"Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances of survival for life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet." Albert Einstein
NASA predicts that nearly all the ice could be gone from the Arctic Ocean by the end of the summer melt season in 2012. Dr. James Hansen, Director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies states, “We are really running out of time. In fact, this next year or two years are the critical time period.” (2008)
Every time you eat a meal free of animal products, you save 2.5 lbs. of greenhouse gas emissions, 24 square feet of land, and 133 gallons of water. If you eat three meals a day, that totals 2,737.5 lbs. of greenhouse gases, 26,280 square feet of land, and 145,635 gallons of water per year.
Dr. James Hansen - NASA's top climatologist says:
"There are many things that people can do to reduce their carbon emissions, but changing your light bulb and many of the things are much less effective than changing your diet, because if you eat further down on the food chain rather than animals, which have produced many greenhouse gases, and used much energy in the process of growing that meat, you can actually make a bigger contribution in that way than just about anything. So, that, in terms of individual action, is perhaps the best thing you can do."
$32 trillion US, or 80% of a total $40 trillion US estimated cost of halting climate change, would be saved by shifting to a global vegan diet. (“Climate Benefits of Changing Diet”, Netherlands)
The prestigious Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production stated that factory farms pose unacceptable risks to public health, the environment & animal welfare.
We urge the Canadian government to promote every Monday as a day where Ottawa citizens can begin to reduce and eliminate meat products in an effort to protect the environment and halt global warming. We also urge the government to eliminate subsidies funding animal agriculture and reveal the true cost of meat.
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"If Slaughterhouses Had Glass Walls.." by Paul McCartney
“Eating Animals” by Jonathan Safran Foer
“Diet for a New America” by John Robbins
Covers catastrophic environmental effects of the meat industry has on the global environment.
The China Study, by Dr. T. Colin Campbell
The negative impact of animal foods on the human condition is overwhelming, but it goes even deeper than diseases and environmental destruction.
Devour the Earth - http://www.globetransformer.org/devour/download.php?lang=en (free)
A Sacred Duty - http://www.asacredduty.com/ (free)
Meat the Truth - http://www.meatthetruth.com/index.html
A Delicate Balance - http://adelicatebalance.com.au/
The End of Line - http://endoftheline.com/
The Cove - http://thecovemovie.com/
Earthlings - http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6361872964130308142
Home - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqxENMKaeCU&feature=channel_page (free)
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The Meatless Monday Ottawa petition to Ottawa was written by Lena and is in the category Environment at GoPetition.