In case you’re in Denver on Earth Day weekend, I’ll be speaking at the Denver Vegans potluck this Saturday, April 21. The title of my talk is “Climate Change and Veganism — an Update.” The Denver Vegans monthly vegan potluck will be held at the Rocky Mountain Miracle Center, 1939 South Monroe Street in Denver, 6 pm to 8:30 pm. Bring a vegan dish; the presentation will follow the meal. For details and to sign up, visit the Denver Vegans meetup page.
What is livestock’s contribution to climate change? In the recent book EAT FOR THE PLANET, the authors cite two conflicting figures: 14.5% of greenhouse gas emissions from livestock, or 51% from livestock. Wait a minute! These are very different figures — one is over three times greater than the other. What’s going on here? I will explore why these estimates are so divergent, relate climate change to numerous other environmental problems such as mass extinctions and water shortages, and look at alternatives for action in the vegan movement.