It’s been that way for about a week, actually. I’m leaving this one up for memory’s sake. It will not be deleted but more or less be inactive. I wanted to start from the ground up, but I didn’t want to delete everything on this blog so I just made a new tumblr account. Follow if you like what’s there. :)
Working men suffer from the helplessness of working women. They must compete in the same offices and factories with women who are unable to protect themselves with proper laws. They must compete with women who work in unsanitary rooms called homes, work by dim lamps in the night, rocking a cradle with one foot. It is to the interest of all workers to end this stupid, one-sided, one-power arrangement and have emancipation for all.
… We shall not see the end of capitalism and the triumph of democracy until men and women work together in the solving of their political, social and economic problems.
Nils Berglund | Burberry Black Label
Balmain F/W ‘11 by Karim Sadli
A recent report released by the United Nations found that the rate in which other cultures are moving toward a Western diet that’s heavy on both meat and dairy is simply unsustainable. The UN also proclaimed that diet was one of the largest contributors to fossil fuel consumption. With the global population surging to a predicted 9.1 billion by 2050, a vegan diet will be a must in order to be able to feed the population.
According to the report, Assessing the Environmental Impacts of Production and Consumption: Priority Products and Materials, seen on the Guardian:Impacts from agriculture are expected to increase substantially due to population growth increasing consumption of animal products. Unlike fossil fuels, it is difficult to look for alternatives: people have to eat. A substantial reduction of impacts would only be possible with a substantial worldwide diet change, away from animal products.
A vegan diet has the least impact on the planet. Mickey wrote that animal byproducts are the single largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. According to a report from World Watch Institute, they are responsible for 32.6 billion tons of carbon dioxide per year, or 51 percent of annual worldwide human caused greenhouse gas. The number one cause of global warming is found on your plate.
If the idea of going completely animal free seems intimidating at best, consider making changes gradually. For me, alterations in my diet have to happen gradually in order to stick. Consider eating a vegan diet twice per week. Or if eating vegan is too much for you, consider limiting dairy consumption to just local eggs and high quality cheeses from small producers and choose to give up meat at least a few times per week. Consider being a weekday vegetarian or at the very least participating in Meatless Monday. After a while you just won’t miss the meat at all.
More from the Guardian article:
Professor Edgar Hertwich, the lead author of the report, said: “Animal products cause more damage than [producing] construction minerals such as sand or cement, plastics or metals. Biomass and crops for animals are as damaging as [burning] fossil fuels.”
Agriculture, particularly meat and dairy products, accounts for 70% of global freshwater consumption, 38% of the total land use and 19% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, says the report, which has been launched to coincide with UN World Environment day on Saturday.
I heard about this article! Fantastic.