Not even speaking about its indigenous owners, unique plant and wild life, its world record capacity to absorb CO2 and produce water (rain).
If we manage not to drive the human race to total extinction, what are you going to tell your great-grandchildren when they ask: “When the Amazon was burning, were you still eating meat?”
They would know that nothing was more damaging our climate than the meat industry. Not only for bovine farts but also for the deforesting (burning down the forest) that is done to plant corn and grow grass for cow’s meat to provide some Westerners 14 meat meals a day. (Compare: even lions, that can’t eat much else, only hunt and eat meat once a week.)
The damage from the 80,000 Amazon fires now raging is already enormous and it’s hard to see how to get them under control.
Powerlessness is a terrible feeling. We would all like to do something to enlarge human survival.
Well, I know something that you can do. It won’t cost you money. It will save you money. It won’t cost you your health. It will improve your health.
Eat less meat. If at all.
They used to say: Meat is Murder. They meant, the deliberate killing of animals. But it’s now truer than ever. Meat is in fact, suicide.
I became vegan at the age of 58 so don’t tell me you’re too old to change.
Don’t just feel guilty. Do something. Become at least a partial vegan.
AIDS, the threats of bird flu and Ebola worldwide epidemics, climate change, and the Amazon rain forest burning show that it’s not anymore “us” against “them” but rather “us all together” for the survival of all or none. We’re all in the same boat.
Full disclosure: I didn’t grow up in a city, town or village but in a forest.