People need to take responsibility for the food they eat and the consequences of its production. As for going veggie to save the world from the perils of global warming, you can take my bacon cheeseburger when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.
Seriously though, if you really want to save the planet, you might consider the following energy-saving, pollution-reducing steps:
• Put off having children—forever. They are cute, but those little buggers create a lot of waste. Just think about all the energy and petroleum products that went into the disposable diapers, the tons of plastic toys, strollers, car seats, baby bjorns etc. And all that is nothing compared to when they become teenagers.
• In most countries in the world, a house the size of the one you live in could reasonably be expected to house 10 to 25 people. Which means you are using a lot of energy to heat and cool a lot more space than you need. You might consider moving into your garden shed. You could use your house to take in a small herd of homeless chickens or sheep.
• Recycle your car, or both of them, or all three of them. There is an amazing amount of embodied energy that just goes into the construction of each one of those polluting, gas-guzzling metal behemoths. Just think of how good a shape you’ll be in from biking to and from work every day.
• Stop buying stuff. How many thousands of dollars a year do you spend on electronics, clothes, skin-care products, sporting goods, wine, home décor etc? All of it was manufactured using vast quantities of electricity, petroleum, chemicals, water and minerals. Most of it will end up in the ground or the water eventually. Is any of that crap necessary to your survival?
I know we all want to feel like we are doing something nice to make the world a better and healthier place. Some of us even want to feel better than other people about all the nice planet-saving things [we] are doing. But the sad truth of the matter is that even if we do everything Al Gore recommends at the end of An Inconvenient Truth, the human population is still way beyond the Earth’s sustainable carrying capacity. And all those people in China and India are going to keep chasing the American Dream long after this country is a bankrupt shell of its former glory.
Deep down, we all know that the American Way of Life is destroying the world our children will inherit. Feel-good solutions [such as] going veggie or driving a hybrid do little more than give us the sense that we are entitled to be self-righteous. If this is you, get over yourself. We are all responsible to varying degrees for creating this mess, and it’s going to take a lot more than switching to veggie burgers to save us from ourselves.
— Matt Rawlings