Global warming is considered one of the gravest environmental threats that we face today. Studies show that the greenhouse gases that cause global warming, such as carbon dioxide (CO2), will increasingly lead to catastrophic disasters—like droughts, floods, hurricanes, rising sea levels, and disease outbreaks—unless we drastically reduce the amount emitted into the atmosphere.
The good news is that you can
help reduce these emissions immediately. It's as simple as changing what you
eat. According to the United Nations, raising
animals for food is "one
of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious
environmental problems, at every scale from local to global." That means that going vegan is one of the most effective ways to fight climate change!
Use PETA's new carbon calculator widget—a small interactive tool that can be added to your Web page—to determine how much a change in your diet could change your impact on the environment. Simply enter your age, gender, and current eating habits, and the tool will instantly tell you how much carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) you'd prevent from polluting the Earth and the number of animals that you'd save by ridding your diet of meat and other animal products. Go ahead! Give it a try!
After testing out the widget here, copy the code or click on the MySpace or Facebook icons to add the widget to your blog or profile. By adding this to your personal Web page, you can easily help others make the connection between eating meat and the devastating effects of global warming.
Get the widget now:
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