Since beginning a whole food plant based (WFPB) lifestyle I have been learning a lot about nutrition and how it effects me and my family’s health. Much of my journey of learning about the food that my family and I consume has begun with the agriculture industry.
I feel very uneducated on so many topics and issues that really do affect my (and my family’s) health. I didn’t know (or care to know) that the food my family was consuming was not only effecting our short and long-term health, but it also has a huge effect on the environment. There are many resources online that explain the effects of modern agriculture on the environment:
Like any other life saving knowledge, is it my responsibility to share this information with others? I try to share this knowledge at any opportunity, but I think the main goal is to be a good steward personally, then maybe others will begin to take notice.
I recently came across the 16 year old environmental activist Greta Thunberg who is from Sweden. Greta is very passionate about the environment because she has learned that our planet is facing dire consequences due to humans being bad stewards of the earth. The things that Greta has learned is driving her to share with others, and I admire her determination to spread this awareness with others. I am really uneducated about the issues involved in the current environmental crisis, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to start learning.
According to www.climate.nasa.gov “… it may not be too late to avoid or limit some of the worst effects of climate change”. If we don’t believe we are in great peril, then we won’t begin to make personal changes. These changes must begin in our homes. We all can do our own part, but it will start with awareness.
Given the fact that I (and I would speculate) along with the average American, do not know a lot about climate change, would leave us wondering who to believe on this whole issue. I know from listening to the media that global warming is occurring, but whether the warming is being caused by natural occurrences or due to human activity, that is the question that continues to be discussed. That question leaves me wanting to know the truth about the whole issue. What is the science behind global warming and what does new research show?
For me personally, I intend to rely on what I can learn. There are a few good resources online such as:
- www.climateneutralnow.org (this site is very informative and even has a carbon footprint calculator where you can actually calculate how much greenhouse gas emissions you and/or your family are emitting annually)
- www.climate.nasa.gov (lots of articles and resources pertaining to climate change plus a page here (https://climate.nasa.gov/scientific-consensus/) that lists leading scientific organizations that agree that climate warming trends are due to human activities)
- www.warmheartworldwide.org (although this is a non-profit website and their mission statement is: “Dedicated to finding relevant solutions to support and enable isolated Hill Tribe and Thai villages in becoming socially and economically sustainable communities”, I was very impressed with all the information they have on their site about climate change from a grass roots perspective)
I really feel bad for young Greta Thunberg because she is one within the generation that is seeing all this science unfold before her eyes. She must feel the heavy burden of awakening the average person who feels no urgency to investigate the whole issue. Maybe her passion has stirred in me a need to learn more about the whole issue, and to be even more concerned for my own children who aren’t very much older than Greta. I would encourage you to listen to Greta’s passion here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P92hbxzSA08