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  • Life...

  • ...Its very existence on Earth

  • is the result of an amazing series of coincidences.

  • Our planet's physical make up and position in the Solar System

  • have resulted in a delicate balance of climatic conditions

  • that would not exist if it were just slightly nearer to the Sun

  • or slightly further away.

  • Thanks to these perfect conditions

  • Earth has become home to millions of species of plants

  • and animals

  • including us humans.

  • We've learnt to harness the power and the bounty of the planet

  • leading to our great success as a species.

  • I'm amazed at the things we humans have been able to create.

  • Like the skyscrapers in New York.

  • And paddy fields cultivated in the same way for hundreds of years.

  • But with this success comes the responsibility

  • to preserve the delicate balance

  • to which we owe our existence.

  • I don't know about you, but for me, nature is inspiring

  • and invigorating.

  • When I think of the beauty of the world

  • I think of things like the crystal clear waters

  • of the Great Barrier Reef

  • of majestic whales

  • lush green rainforests

  • and the virgin mountain slopes of the Himalayas.

  • But what kind of images will our grandchildren and great-grandchildren

  • have in their minds when thinking about the world

  • in just 10 or 20 years' time?

  • We've heard it all before...

  • ...Our way of life is destroying the planet

  • and fossil fuels, used for transport and industry, are to blame.

  • That's certainly true

  • but that's only part of the problem.

  • What we often don't hear much about is animal agriculture.

  • Animal agriculture results in vast amounts of greenhouse gases

  • being released into the atmosphere.

  • It requires increasingly unsustainable levels of precious resources

  • including land

  • water and energy.

  • It is a major contributor

  • towards global environmental degradation and climate change.

  • And it's not just livestock rearing that's a problem.

  • Industrialised fishing destroys marine ecosystems

  • as miles of nets sweep up anything in their path.

  • Perhaps it's time to ask ourselves the question

  • "What can I as an individual do to help?"

  • Well...

  • ...there's a simple but significant way to help protect the planet

  • and all its inhabitants.

  • And it starts with just one day a week.

  • One day without eating animal products

  • can have a huge impact in helping maintain that delicate balance

  • that sustains us all.

  • Almost a third of all land on Earth is used for livestock production.

  • Just try a day

  • Just one day

  • A third of all cereal crops

  • and more than 95% of soy is turned into feed

  • for farmed animals.

  • One day a week can make a world of difference.

  • An area of rainforest the size of a hundred football pitches

  • is cut down every hour to create room for grazing cattle.

  • It can take 2,350 litres of fresh water,

  • that's about 30 bathtubs, to produce just one beefburger.

  • Just try a day

  • Join us

  • Join us

  • Join us and go meat free on Mondays.


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'One Day a Week' feat. the McCartney family, Woody Harrelson and Emma Stone

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    湯承恩 posted on 2017/12/03
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