Go Plant-Based For the Ocean
It's amazing how everything on this planet is so incredibly connected. Did you know that your daily actions have an enormous impact on the health of the oceans?! It doesn't even matter how far inland you live. Two of my favourite documentaries, Revolution and Cowspiracy, taught me this!
I highly recommend educating yourself on the state of our oceans by watching Revolution and checking out some of the facts from the documentary's website:
The ocean is the most important part of humanity’s life support system. Oceans regulate climate, atmospheric & ocean chemistry, carbon, food supply & oxygen. Without the ocean, the evolution of life on Earth would not have begun. Ocean Acidification - a direct consequence of increased human-induced CO2 in the atmosphere - has emerged to become one of the biggest threats to our oceans, and now our life support system is in jeopardy... As the chemistry of our oceans changes faster than animals can evolve to adapt, we could lose entire species & ecosystems. While many of the animals we love are large, the smallest animals are the lifeblood of the ocean. Plankton are small plants (phytoplankton) & animals (zooplankton) that are the base of the ocean’s food web. They are the most abundant form of life in the ocean, of which all marine life is dependent upon for food. Phytoplankton produce at least half the oxygen we breathe—possibly as much as 90%.
I know you might be thinking, "what does the way I eat have to do with ocean acidifiaction?“ Well when I learned from Cowspiracy about how animal agriculture is affecting the atmosphere, I made a connection between the way we eat and how it either promotes or prevents ocean acidification.
These are just a few from the Cowspiracy website that demonstrate this idea:
• Livestock & their byproducts account for at least 32,000 million tons of CO2 per year, or 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.
• Methane is 25-100x more destructive than CO2 on a 20yr time frame.
• Methane has a global warming potential 86x that of CO2 on a 20yr time frame.
• Livestock is responsible for 65% of all human-related emissions of nitrous oxide – a greenhouse gas with 296x the global warming potential of carbon dioxide, & which stays in the atmosphere for 150yrs.
• Cows produce 150 billion gallons of methane per day.
• Even without fossil fuels, we will exceed our 565 gigatonnes CO2e limit by 2030, all from raising animals.
• Reducing methane emissions would create tangible benefits almost immediately.
So by going plant-based, you are saving the ocean. No matter how close or far away you live from the water, you can make an impact three times every single day by making an empowered choice to make your meals plant-based... okay more like 5-6 times per day - because who doesn't love snacks.
Be a #VeganSuperhero and save our oceans!
Lots of love,