Climate Change. Where To Begin?

Ah, climate change. The topic that many Australian politicians can’t seem to grasp.

Last September, Liberal National Party senator Ian Macdonald told the federal parliament that Australia’s children have been “brainwashed” about human-induced climate change, which he described as “a fad or a farce or a hoax” and “farcical and fanciful”.

Don’t even get me started on One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts.

Just for fun, I’ll include a quick video. It features Professor Brian Cox and Malcolm Roberts on a Q&A episode focussed on climate change.

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I remember watching this particular episode one night with my sister. I was completely shocked and somewhat furious. While everyone is entitled to their own opinion, it’s hard to accept one’s opinion when it blindly contradicts a mountain of research led by esteemed scientists and activists.

I personally believe that it is the responsibility of any Earth dweller to be educated on ways we can help to improve our home. This involves coming to terms with some harsh realities, and even some consequences.

Collectively, we are beginning to acknowledge that our dependence on fossil fuels – that has been harming our economy and environment for decades – must come to an end. The question today is no longer why, but how.

Therefore, for this blog post, I’ll be sharing with you a few of my favourite documentaries, talks and YouTube videos that will give you a better understanding of the topic.

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret.

How could I not include Cowspiracy? It’s quite easily the most life changing piece of work I’ve ever witnessed. Directors Kip Andersen and Keeghan Khun investigate the alarming rate at which animal agriculture is destroying our planet. The best thing about this documentary is that Kip Andersen, the leading man, is just an ordinary guy.

Determined to find the truth, he followed his curiosity. It led to the project gaining worldwide success, as well as the help of executive producer and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio. Available on Netflix.

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Kip Andersen – Sacred Space Project.

Chasing Ice.

Chasing Ice is visually stunning. The documentary follows James Balog and his team on the Extreme Ice Survey installing cameras within the world’s rapidly melting ice glaciers. The best thing about this documentary is seeing the team’s whole process; the struggles, the disappointment, and the achievements.

It’s inspiring to witness the team overcome so many technical problems and malfunctions to produce one of the most renowned climate change documentaries of all time. Watch trailer here.

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Chasing Ice.

Johnathan Foley: The Other Inconvenient Truth.

Fact: Animal agriculture covers 40 percent of Earth’s land. This TED talk explores the complex relationship between global environmental systems and human civilization. Dr. Foley analyses devastating changes in land use, ecosystems and resources around the world. This TED talk is rich in facts, diagrams and detailed maps to show how animal agriculture will destroy the planet as our population rises.

It’s an eye opening view of how our insatiable (and growing) love for meat is quickly becoming an unsustainable practice that ultimately needs to change. Watch here.

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Jonathan Foley at TEDxTC, 2010.

In another blog post I’ll show my favourite documentaries and YouTubers who inspired me to go vegan. Because, essentially, leading a plant based lifestyle will help curb the growing consequences of animal agriculture, thus mitigating the effects of climate change and reducing our carbon footprint!

Thanks for reading,

Liv x

Welcome to Sentient Soul.

My name is Olivia, and this is my blog – Sentient Soul.

‘Sentience is the capacity to feel, perceive, or experience subjectively.’

I created this blog as a platform to talk about things that spark interest inside my soul. Earth conservation, organic living, veganism, climate change, minimalism & self improvement are topics that nobody should ever stop being curious about. Why? because all help to improve your awareness of world issues and your own state of being.

For me, it all started when I watched a documentary called Racing Extinction. It blew my mind. It opened my eyes to the world’s evaporating wildlife, global warming and ocean acidification. Racing Extinction believes that as a species, we are rapidly approaching the next major extinction event. Basically, humans are destroying the planet by exploiting resources and neglecting our oceans, forests and delicate food chains. It’s graphic, gutsy and quite depressing. However, it’s a must see for everyone.

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^ Director of Racing Extinction, Louie Psihoyos.

I started researching more and more into global warming and overall human impact. Then, for me, came the largest revelation I’ve ever had. According to popular documentary, Cowspiracy:

  • Animal agriculture is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, more than the combined exhaust from all transportation.
  • Livestock and their byproducts account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, or 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Emissions for agriculture projected to increase 80% by 2050.

Honestly, the list goes on. I didn’t have the faintest idea that animal agriculture contributed to global warming, let alone 18 percent.

Then, I found out that animal agriculture is responsible for 80-90% of US water consumption. Furthermore, 5% of water consumed in the US is by private homes. 55% of water consumed in the US is for animal agriculture.

Even though I live in Australia, these stats probably resemble the situation here as well. I couldn’t believe it. I felt like I’d been lied to my whole life. Growing up, we were told to take shorter showers, not to play in the sprinklers, and to use the flush on the toilet that didn’t waste as much water.

Nobody told me that roughly 15,000 litres of water are needed to produce 1 kilogram of beef. (source)

I sat there contemplating how much beef I’d eaten in my life. Turns out, an insane amount of water is needed to produce basically all meat and dairy products.

Some more facts to blow your mind:

  • Eating one less burger a week is the equivalent of taking your car off the road for 515 kilometres.
  • Skipping meat and cheese for one day a week with your family is the equivalent of taking your car off the road for five weeks – or reducing everyone’s daily showers by 3 minutes.

It’s absolute madness that more people don’t know about these facts. My conscience took a massive hit; I thought I didn’t contribute to global warming as much as other people did. Turns out, producing and eating meat and dairy is the Earth’s silent killer.

Anyway, back on to my research. I watched documentaries and YouTube videos, I read articles and blog posts, I searched and searched until I knew that I had all the facts straight. Thus began my journey leading a vegan lifestyle! 

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Eating a vegan diet halves your carbon footprint (compared to a meat/dairy eater), it reduces risk of diseases such as heart disease and obesity, and it saves animals from being needlessly tortured, murdered and exploited for profit.

I created this blog to talk about these issues, as well as Earth conservation, organic (cruelty free) living, wellness, minimalism & self improvement (as mentioned above).

I hope you’ll join me.

Liv x