The news that atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, the most important global warming gas, have hit 400 parts per million for the first time in millions of years increases the pressure on President Obama to deliver on his pledges to limit this country’s greenhouse gas emissions.
The large elephant in the room is the mushrooming growth of human populations, which are about triple what they were in 1950.
The Cow in the Room
Cattle-rearing generates more global warming greenhouse gases, as measured in CO2 equivalent, than transportation, and smarter production methods, including improved animal diets to reduce enteric fermentation and consequent methane emissions, are urgently needed.
- Use more plant-based menus in schools and all official functions
- Make the default meal plant-based, even if other options are offered
- For any animal-based ingredients that are used, choose the greener options