In just 11 hours the fourth annual live-streamed multimedia show dedicated to sparking action on climate change will take place.
Broadcasting September 17th-18th (AEST) the show will encourage everyone around the world to commit to a day of action with 24 reasons to be hopeful.
24 Hours of Reality is a live global event covering the climate crisis in every region of the world. On this day of action we stand together and demand real solutions to the greatest challenge of our time. World leaders, scientists, cultural leaders and everyday heroes discuss the shared challenges facing our planet caused by carbon pollution and point the way toward a better tomorrow.
The climate crisis can be solved, but only when everyone does their part. 24 Hours of Reality turns audiences into activists and gives hope. There is no challenge we cannot face, no matter how overwhelming, we can take action, we must take action.
The carbon dioxide emissions (carbon footprint) caused by our personal behavior is driven to a large extent by the type and quality of our food. The amount of greenhouse gases caused by the production of food differs very much from one food type to the other. With the amount of food that is wasted in the average household, this carbon footprint rises significantly. 2
In Australia, 4,000,000 tonnes of food is wasted each year. If you add up all the food Australia wastes each year, it would be enough to fill 450,000 garbage trucks. When you throw out food, you also waste the water, fuel and resources it took to produce and get the food to your plate. When food rots with other organics in landfill it gives off the greenhouse gas methane, which is 25 more times more potent than carbon pollution that comes out of your car exhaust. 1
So should we be crying over spilt milk? The production of 1L of Milk causes about 0.9kg of CO2. The same quantity of CO2 is released when you burn about 4 liters of petrol. 1,000 gallons of water is required to produce 1 gallon of milk and a farm with 2500 dairy cows produces the same amount of waste as a city of 411,000 people.3
Milk production is killing our planet and with its short shelf life liters are going to waste each year. With so many delicious, healthy and sustainable milk choices is there really any reason to keep consuming?
One of the greatest challenges that society faces today is how to reorganize and adapt to irreversible climate change. Since 1880 average global temperatures have increased by 0.8 degrees centigrade. Climate scientists have concluded that rising levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases trap incoming heat near the surface of the Earth, causing the rise in temperature. Due to humanity’s unhealthy dependence on fossil fuels, deforestation and land use greenhouse gases and carbon dioxide emissions are causing detrimental and irreversible changes in climate. A study funded by NASA predicted that due to climate change, civilization as we know it could be steadily heading for a collapse within the next century.
The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that livestock production is among the most destructive forces driving climate change. Large emissions from farmed animals are explained mainly by Methane emissions from enteric fermentation. A recent study showed that meat, fish, diary, and eggs had the highest CO2 emissions per kg. The study concluded that changes in diet toward more plant-based foods would be a possible solution for mitigating climate change.
If consumers ate less animal products, the animal agricultural industry would reduce their output of methane emissions. The pros of this solution are its effective and simple, it’s something that everyone can do, it puts the fate of the earth’s climate back into our hands and it’s a health promoting diet.
This is the most effective solution at the individual level to combat climate change. With this solution, we have a chance to have a real economic – and thus environmental – impact.
So I am proposing the Food For Change challenge! Challenge yourself, friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, randoms, everyone to go vegan! It’s incredible what a difference just one vegan meal can do for the environment and your health. So lets pic, post, upload, share and learn together to make a global difference.