WHAT EVERYBODY EVERYWHERE CAN DO
PART 1: PERSONAL CHOICES
WHY YOUR CHOICES MATTER
1. CONSIDERING YOUR DIETARY HABITS
Reduce beef consumption
Cattle rearing has grave negative impact on air quality and climate change. While eating, cows produce methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Simply put, as cows chew, they burp huge amounts of methane into the atmosphere.
Methane (CH4) is a gas that is more detrimental to the environment than carbon (CO2). Every molecule of methane is equivalent to 23 molecules of carbon. Of the methane in the atmosphere, nearly all is due to livestock. About 10 to 12 percent of all United States greenhouse gas emissions are due to beef consumption.
Beef production requires 50 times as much land as production of rice, potatoes, and wheat combined. Reducing the amount of beef that you eat by half or a quarter makes a significant difference. Fewer cattle will be bred, less cattle feed produced, less land needed, and less methane in the environment. Modifying your dietary choices is the easiest way to conserve resources and positively impact our environment.
2. READING PRODUCT LABELS
Beware of Palm Oil in Your Products
Palm oil is found in almost everything we purchase including cosmetics, processed foods, cooking oils, and detergents. Companies choose palm oil for their manufacturing because it is the cheapest vegetable oil in the world and yields these companies tremendous profits.
Palm oil masquerades under many names, including: elaeis guineensis, etyl palmitate, glyceryl, hydrogenated palm glycerides, octyl palmitate, palm fruit oil, palm kernel, palm kernel oil, palm stearine, palmate, palmitate, palmitic acid, palmitoyl oxostearamide, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3, palmityl alcohol, palmolein, sodium kernelate, sodium laureth sulfate, sodium lauryl lactylate/sulphate, sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium palm kernelate, stearate, stearic acid, vegetable fat, and vegetable oil (although not all vegetable oil contains palm oil).
Avoiding palm oil can feel daunting, if not impossible. But simply reducing palm oil consumption can go a long way to helping orangutans, proboscis monkeys, and other animals who live in habitats that are being burned for oil palm plantations.
The choices you make in your supermarket affects ecosystems. If you see any of the ingredients that we listed on a product label and you are not sure if it contains palm oil, you can call the product company and ask whether or not its ingredients include palm oil. If so, you can ask if the palm oil is sources sustainably.
Your voice lets the company know that you, as a consumer of their products, care about their palm oil use. The more they hear your concerns, the more likely they are to consider changing their ingredients.
3. SUPPORTING ANIMAL-FREE ENTERTAINMENT
Support entertainment venues that do not include exotic animals
When wild animals are captive for entertainment, they are robbed of their natural fulfilled lives. Remember, they are born to enrich their environment, not ours.
Here are some alternatives:
Cirque du Soleil features amazingly talented human performers who will wow you with their feats of athleticism.
Instead of visiting zoos, go outside and observe local wildlife, visit a farm animal sanctuary, volunteer at a shelter, or watch a nature documentary on IMAX.