One of the largest dietary changes that have occurred in recent decades is a large shift to vegetarian and vegan diets. The U.S. and various European countries are seeing a massive rise in vegans and vegetarians, as well as growing demand for these types of foods. Going vegan makes a huge difference in the environment, as the largest cause of climate change is animal agriculture. It is much easier today than it ever was, with various guides, books, and tutorials on every corner, as well as a vegan restaurant opening up on almost every street across major cities.
If you feel like making a huge difference in the environment while protecting animals’ lives and perhaps even improving your own, this might just be the right move for you. Many experts believe that veganism would become a dominant diet in the coming decades, as trends toward the diet have been rising exponentially faster since the late ‘90s.
A Growing Movement
While the facts about the disturbing consequences of our ocean’s pollution are in, it’s still up to people to actually make the change. We heavily rely on oceans to provide for us in many ways, so it only makes sense that we do the minimum of paying back this debt by not destroying them. Awareness of the problems of climate change and the ocean’s plight is the only thing that can start improving the situation. The damage to our oceans can only start being reversed once we go past a certain critical mass of people who participate in this global healing.
We should aim to be less dependent on various plastics such as plastic bags, straws, utensils, and packaging. On the other hand, we could divert these financial resources into supporting companies that use organic or biodegradable materials which do not cause this type of damage. Another solution would be to improve ocean surveillance, and heavily fine people found littering the oceans.
Young Environmental Icons
A young girl from Sweden named Greta Thunberg rose to prominence in August 2018 when she was just 15 years old. She spent her school days outside the Swedish parliament protesting the government's lack of action towards global warming and helped facilitate a full-blown school protest. She spoke at the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference, which reached millions of people.
She has since become one of the most prominent voices for environmental activism, as well as other related topics like slavery and equal rights. Many hailed her as a heroine, although she also received plenty of critical reactions from people who disliked her age or message.
Getting Proper Recognition
In 2019, Greta Thunberg was chosen as TIME Magazine’s 'Person of the Year.' This decision was hailed by many as one of the most inspiring actions the magazine has done in recent years. By boosting voices that promote environmentalism, we help put more pressure on various corporations and governments to take actions that relieve the rate of pollution. At the end of the day, there’s both a personal and a collective responsibility to ensure that our planet survives into the next century.
Thunberg has been applauded for her blunt and direct manner of speaking, which often includes graphic analogies to make her point. Earlier this year, more than 200 academics signed an open letter of support to Greta Thunberg, saying that they were moved and inspired by her actions and speech. She has inspired a large movement of environmental activists in what many call "The Greta Effect" and even got a reaction from U.S. President Donald Trump, as well as various other world leaders.
Renewable Energy Is Also on the Rise
The massive commercial push towards renewable energy has excited the markets and attracted companies to invest in technologies that promote it. While various green-energy startups have failed over the last two decades due to a lack of commercial viability, it seems that key players have also started to take interest in this new direction. Various companies, such as Tesla, have made massive strides in advancing electrical cars and popularizing them for consumers.
The push towards green technology also brings with it a sense of comradery. For example, Tesla doesn’t hold any patents and lets other companies adopt their technological advancements. This move is clearly not a profit-driven one — it speaks volumes about the good-natured pursuit of profits when it’s based on moral principles, such as environmentalism. This leads companies and corporations to adopt a much more holistic and cooperative attitude.