I was completely unaware of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report that was to be released on 8th of August 2019 when I wrote my two previous contributions for VrydagNuus on the need for changing our human diet. The English language calls such synchronized events (without human involvement) serendipity and normally they happen with a benevolent intention and for our benefit. Therefor I cannot but in addition to my previous articles highlight here the encouragement of this report to all humans to change our meat oriented diet as part of our joint effort to curb the escalating rise in global atmospheric temperatures and to protect the land from further degradation.

Here is an abstract from an article that was published by The New Daily on the IPCC report:

“Humans must urgently eat less meat in exchange for more grains, legumes, fruit and vegetables in the face of rapid climate change,” a new report warns.

Adopting clean energy, transport and industry will not be enough to curb carbon emissions – we also need to rethink our eating habits and change the way we use the land to grow food.

A report by the United Nations’ IPCC released on Thursday 8th August 2019 says we need to take immediate action to dramatically improve land management, reforestation and soil regeneration if we are to avoid dangerous warming beyond 1.5 degrees Celsius.

One of the ways we can help is by changing our diet.

As it stands, the agriculture industry uses up about 70 percent of the world’s fresh water, and raising livestock on a mass scale is a big part of the problem.

It takes roughly 6 900 liters of water to produce just one pound of beef, and about 2 180 liters of water to produce one pound of pork.

Growing soybeans, meanwhile, requires just 817 liters of water, and corn needs only 408 liters.

As part of restructuring our land use to make it more sustainable, the report says we must change our diet to include less meat and more fruit and vegetables, more coarse grains such as oats and barley, and more legumes like chickpeas and lentils.

You can read the full article here https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/2019/08/08/ipcc-report-climate-meat/. The summary for policymakers of the IPCC Special Report on Climate Change, Desertification, Land Degradation, Sustainable Land Management, Food Security, and Greenhouse gas fluxes in Terrestrial Ecosystems is available here: https://www.ipcc.ch/report/srccl/.

Now is the time for us as humans to eat mindfully – with our minds filled with the knowledge handed to us by the latest (and previous) IPCC report. The kairos (pregnant time) we are living in is not a punishment but rather an opportunity for love – love for planet earth, love for ourselves and all other species and for the human generations to come. However, if we are not going to change our diet we will be punished – and not by God but by our own chosen ignorance.

Peace to you and your environment.

David P Botha
dpbotha2@gmail.com