For the vast majority of time, our planet has been covered by wilderness, forests, and greenery. Due to the Industrial Age and rapid advancements in both the technological and agricultural sectors, things have changed dramatically when it comes to the layout of our planet. Today, half of the world's habitable land is used for agriculture, with more than three-quarters being utilized for livestock production (Ritchie, 2019).
Our species has come a long way. Unfortunately, this has been at the expense of everything around us. The state of our environment has been seriously affected in several ways. Toxic chemicals that are released during agricultural practices (such as pesticides and fertilizers) pollute freshwater, poisoning marine life and wiping out species. Not to mention the effect they have on the air and soil, too. Presently, 24,000 species are on the IUCN Red List and agriculture is the culprit responsible for making each one of these species threatened with extinction.
How Can i Help ?
The way to reduce these impacts is relatively simple. As a matter of fact, it is a solution that will save you time, money, and a hospital visit - Eat Less Meat. Shifting away from an animal based diet would reduce agricultural emissions by 73% (The Game Changers, 2019). Dietary changes are the single most impactful thing we can do as humans that will not only fix the climate crisis and our health, but restore the farmland back to what it used to be. Be a part of the change and help make a difference, today.