Did you know that today is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day? Well it is, and this Op-Ed Piece I wrote that has been approved and published by The Baton Rouge Post will show you what you can do TODAY to save our planet:
Dear Earth People:
It would be hard to fathom that thinking about the future of the Earth we live on is not on everyone’s mind these days, now that the Earth and its people are taking quite a hit with COVID-19. We are all experiencing something truly “different” than the norm (whatever that means). We are experiencing a meltdown of who we once were. Now, I admit, I tend to be pretty dramatic in my speculations, and I pontificate and lament like nobody’s business. But, that said, I seek to understand things. And I can’t turn a blind eye to what is all around me, and what appears to be all around me is devastation. The world is seeing things that the world has not seen before, and all this is doing something pretty damaging things to this world. It’s like the world is saying something to me, and it sounds a lot like this: “Okay, you had your way with me quite enough already. You have destroyed so much of my beauty, my majesty, my creation by the Original Creator, God. You have done whatever you wanted to do to me, and you abused me and did not think about how I would be able to handle such irresponsible neglect of my resources that I have given you so freely. Now, I got something to say about that.'” Indeed, the Earth does!
Yes, we have abused Earth, and no more is that most readily apparent than within the animal agriculture industry. Factory farms, where 99% of the meat raised for human consumption comes from, can no longer stand as just a cruel house of horrors for the animals (even though it really is….and if you don’t believe me, google “meet your meat” and watch the YouTube short video about what life in a factory farm is like for farm animals raised for meat). Now, factory farms have also become a horror house that is spooking to demise our planet Earth. According to an article in the newspaper, The Guardian, “animal agriculture is choking the Earth.raising livestock for meat, eggs and milk generates 14.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions, the second highest source of emissions and greater than all transportation combined. It also uses about 70% of agriculture land, and is one of the leading causes of deforestation, biodiversity loss, and water pollution.” Now, if that is not abuse of our planet, I don’t know what is.
So what can you do to save the earth you care so much about? It’s just this simple: Go vegan! And no better time to do just this than on the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day which is April 22, 2020 (please visit earthday.org to find out what you can do in your own corner of this Earth to take back our planet). And with the whole “stay home and stay inside,” there is no better opportunity for you to ditch meat and adopt in the convenience of your own home a compassionate plant-based diet. The statistics, as mentioned above, don’t lie, and the statistics are that the animal agricultural industry is the main culprit of a planet on the brink of massive destruction and eventual extinction. I’m not gonna’ toss around the term, “climate change,” because I don’t want to lose the reader more than I probably already have. And I don’t even know if that term even suits my article all that much. Maybe it’s not all that much of a concern? But what is of concern is that this Earth you live on, that your families live on, that your children live on, might not be around that much longer if we keep abusing it like we are doing. And, I’m sorry to tell you this, but anytime you eat an animal product from a destructive and cruel factory farm, you are taking a bite out of this earth. And with so many bites, dare I say, the Earth cannot endure being eaten up that much longer. So, yes, I invite you to go vegan, and I invite you to do it not only for the animals who suffer so much but also for the suffering of this planet Earth that you obviously care so much about.
And I thank you, the animals thank you, and the Earth most definitely thanks you.
Timothy J. Verret