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Occupy SMA

By Steven P. Gloss

There has been a lot of discussion about the concept of sustainability over the past couple of decades. Many colleges and universities have adopted “sustainability majors.” People are creating or moving into what are called “sustainable communities.” In a broad sense, sustainability means living in a way that does no harm to the environment or other people and only using renewable resources. Fossil fuels, for example, are not a renewable resource and are being mined or extracted in a “non-sustainable” manner. Nowhere has the concept of sustainability received more attention than in the discussions surrounding climate change. It is generally accepted (although not by all) that we are impacting our environment by emitting more greenhouse gases than our environment can sustain without adverse changes. These changes may come in the form of increasing temperatures (global warming), rising sea levels, ocean dead zones, species extinction, and a prevalence of extreme weather events.

Meeting and Film
Occupy SMA presents Cowspiracy
Mon, Aug 7, 1pm
Quinta Loreto Hotel, TV room
Loreto 15, Centro
Free

A recent book entitled The Sustainability Secret by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn, published in 2015, presents concepts and data that suggest that the animal agriculture industry may be among the least sustainable human endeavors on the planet. Animal agriculture is contributing to global climate change in ways previously unexplored by many scientists or environmentalists and even fewer politicians. Subtitled “Rethinking Our Diet to Transform the World,” the book presents data which convincingly documents that raising animals for food has myriad environmental impacts that are very unsustainable, including emissions of greenhouse gases, effects on water quality, water use, and deforestation of tropical forests. The Huffington Post says, “The data are hard to argue with and the authors pull no punches and make no apologies.”

Occupy SMA invites you to learn more about this issue by viewing a documentary film based on the book entitled “Cowspiracy.” This straightforward and engaging film will help you understand why animal agriculture is the greatest cause of deforestation in the Amazon. This industry causes greenhouse gas emissions that are higher than the entire transportation sector in the United States and may have impacts up to 86 times greater in the next 20 years. These and many other facts position us to make choices that could have more to do with slowing climate change than anything else we can do, especially in the near term. Learn why grass-fed beef and humane treatment of animals does nothing to change the cruelty in animal agriculture and why virtually none of the foremost environmental organizations in the United States and internationally are willing to tackle this major insult to our environment.

We invite you to join us Monday for this free event, followed by a discussion, and learn how we have the capacity to feed the world and save our planet at the same time. As a result you may consider our next burger in a different light.

 

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