Researchers have crunched the numbers and zeroed in on the likeliest future temperature increase that might result from future carbon emissions doubling those of pre-historic times. There’s less than a 5 percent chance that our temperature shift will stay below 2 degrees Celsius and a 6 percent to 18 percent chance that our temperature will rise by 4.5 degrees Celsius (8.1 degree Fahrenheit).
We do not want future generations inheriting an Earth beleaguered by melted sea ice, rising water levels and erratic weather systems. Luckily, a habitable world is in our sights if we make a simple change: going vegan. University of Oxford found that if all of us went vegan, we could save 8 million lives by 2050, reduce food-related emissions by two thirds, limit healthcare costs and avoid climate-related damages of $1.5 trillion. Going vegan is the single most meaningful way we can reduce our impact on Earth.
Temperature rise figures can make the future look dire, but it’s not too late to make changes. Let’s spare our planet a devastating future — while sparing many animals a cruel life and miserable death — by going vegan. For a free vegan starter kit, visit www.PETA.org.
The author of this letter is a writer for the PETA Foundation.
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