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. :)
“I look around me and see people working beyond their powers to make more money than they need, to buy things they have no need for, to impress people they don’t like. There’s a minority that doesn’t want to play this game, doesn’t want to live this way.”—Amos Oz (an Israeli author)
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.
”— Helen Keller, on the need for working men & women to unite in the fight against capitalist exploitation and oppression (Socialist Call, 1913)
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.
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.
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.
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.
“When someone is suffering and you find yourself at a loss to know how to help, put yourself unflinchingly in his or her place. Imagine as vividly as possible what you would be going through if you were suffering the same pain. Ask yourself: “How would I feel? How would I want my friends to treat me? What would I most want from them?”
When you exchange yourself for others in this way, you are directly transferring your cherishing from its usual object, yourself, to other beings. So exchanging yourself for others is a very powerful way of loosening the hold on you of the self-cherishing and the self-grasping of ego, and so of releasing the heart of your compassion.”—Sogyal Rinpoche (via journeytoenlightenment)
“All people deserve respect, but not all ideas do. I don’t respect the idea that a man was born of a virgin, walked on water and rose from the dead. I don’t respect the idea that we should follow a ‘prophet’ who at the age of 53 had sex with a nine-year old girl, and ordered the murder of whole villages of Jews because they wouldn’t follow him. I don’t respect the idea that the West Bank was handed to Jews by God and the Palestinians should be bombed or bullied into surrendering it. I don’t respect the idea that we may have lived before as goats, and could live again as woodlice. When you demand ‘respect’, you are demanding we lie to you. I have too much real respect for you as a human being to engage in that charade.”—Johann Hari
“If capital is privately controlled, then people are going to have to rent themselves in order to survive. Now, you can say, “they rent themselves freely, it’s a free contract”—but that’s a joke. If your choice is, “do what I tell you or starve,” that’s not a choice—it’s in fact what was commonly referred to as wage slavery in more civilized times, like the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, for example.”—Noam Chomsky (via climbingmtlyell)