Livestock Must Be a Clear Part of Climate Change Discussions

Livestock Must Be a Clear Part of Climate Change Discussions

by Antonio Pasolini
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Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 4:00pm



The connection between livestock and climate change is well known. Even though a lot of people perhaps worry about the carbon footprint clocked up in air travel, what goes on their plate is much more significant since livestock accounts for 18 percent of all reductions (in contrast with 2% from aviation).

The famous Livestock's Long Shadow report from 2006 made headlines and started the debate. The financial world of late is giving clear signs that livestock and animal welfare is an important CSR issue. However, leading environmental agencies such as Greenpeace leave out meat from their climate change mitigation efforts and campaigns. Some of them may endorse Meatless Mondays, but rarely take a firm stance on the issue.

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Antonio Pasolini is a journalist based in Brazil who writes about alternative energy, green living and sustainability. He edits, a top web destination for news and comment on renewable energy, and contributes articles on emerging technology to Gizmag. He is also a happy herbivore.

CATEGORY: Environment