Al Gore Connects Meat to Climate Change.
Al Gore has taken a lot of heat from vegan advocates for ignoring the connection between meat production and greenhouse gases. In “An Inconvenient Truth” he avoided the topic entirely.
But in a recent interview, he finally makes the connection explicit, blaming climate change partly on, “The shift toward a more meat-intensive diet.”
Many vegans, including myself, have been saying for ages that you can’t be an environmentalist if you eat meat. But it’s a difficult message to share especially when environmentalist groups such as Greenpeace aren’t talking about how the meat and dairy industries are the biggest environmental problem we have. How is it expected that someone who doesn’t follow the science or statistics to ever draw upon the conclusion to be Vegan for the planet?
There is a lot of evidence around the concept of cognitive dissonance when it comes to eating and producing animal products. Cognitive dissonance is a type of mental discomfort experienced when one holds two or more conflicting beliefs at the same time or is confronted by new information that conflicts with existing beliefs, ideas or values.
We become uncomfortable when new information comes to light about how meat and dairy production are destroying our planet because the beliefs, traditions, rituals and values we’ve held for so long are being confronted. It’s easier and less stressful to just look the other way.
I urge you all to do what makes sense to you and what gives you peace when making daily lifestyle choices and to share, create, inspire and inform those around you about this incredibly important issue.
There’s a lot you can do, get as informed as you can by reading what is on this site and others I’ve linked to. Watch movies, read vegan recipe and lifestyle blogs also. You can post and share your inspiring vegan meals on the Global Vegan Facebook page or Instagram account and tell the world that you’re an environmentalist who is doing everything they can or that you’re a vegan who cares for our planet!
Environmentalists do eat meat, but they wont for long.