TO THE EDITOR:
These upcoming weeks constitute a crucial, decisive moment for the fate of humanity and the world at large: it’s final exams time at UNC.
Just kidding! Well, sort of. While scoring high on our tests and papers is certainly important, I’m referring to an issue with
somewhat larger stakes than that.
On Monday, thousands of delegates convened in Durban, South Africa, for the start of a two-week United Nations Climate Change Conference. As we citizens of the world attempt to effectively reduce and reverse the negative environmental processes that our lifestyles have affected, it’s important to keep in mind the system that impacts our climate the most: food.
According to the U.N., the livestock industry is responsible for 18 percent of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions, and animal-based food production is one of the “most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global.”