• Clif Grant

We need a complete system change!

Our current lifestyles, political systems and unwillingness to change have left us in a situation where our beautiful planet is being completely destroyed.

A recent IPCC report on land use shows the severe impact we are having on this planet, warning that human hunger for animal bodies is the major contributor to climate breakdown.

Since 1970 there has been a 60% decline in wild animal populations and entire ecosystems are being completely destroyed while we farm a handful of species that we have deemed commodities. Pigs, cows, chickens and sheep are nothing more than objects that we use in our race for profit, whilst we completely ignore pollution and biodiversity loss. As discussed on our Environment page, There are 10,000 species of birds, but farmed chickens and other poultry constitute 70% of the bird life on the planet. We raise and slaughter 65 billion chickens annually, and the impact is so significant that scientists have proposed that we mark the Anthropocene--the era in which we now live--with by the landfills full of their bones. Meanwhile, livestock like cows and pigs make up 60% of all mammals. (Humans are another 36%, meaning that just 4% of mammals are wild.)

We cry crocodile tears at environmental destruction and the disappearance of endangered species, but for the most part we have chosen to completely ignore the causes of Earth’s destruction. Our entire focus is economic, not ecological or environmental, and so we continue to support dysfunctional economic models, generating waste and ecological damage on a massive scale. We live in a consumerist, capitalist, corporate, patriarchal nightmare.

To avoid total disaster we must start thinking beyond ourselves and focus on ways to save our beautiful planet before it’s too late. Earth's resources have been stretched to the absolute limit in the quest for consumer goods and private profit to the point where it now threatens our very existence. We need to move away from consumerism that leads directly to deforestation, overconsumption of natural resources and pollution.

For far too long we have acted with blatant disregard for the climate, for the planet and for the other animals we share this planet with.

It's very clear that we need a complete system change; to a society that focuses on the safety and progress of all people, animals and the planet – not one that serves to make the rich richer to the detriment of everyone and everything else. The world and its inhabitants are not assets to be used as raw material. They all have roles in maintaining ecosystems and the natural order of things...and it seems clear to me that genuine animal liberation and environmentalism requires the radical disruption and dismantling of capitalism.

We have no right to feed our species at the expense of all others. In fact, we should have a moral obligation to at least share the earth’s resources with other animals.

We are the only generation that can stop all this... and we need to act now!

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