Electronic money, or e-money, is to normal money as email is to normal (snail) mail: it’s simply an electronic form of value exchange, but with a key advantage in that most types of e-money are not linked to any particular country or government. Electronic money has made big strides in social acceptance in the last decade. Dutch bank ABN Amro’s CEO recently said that the technology behind electronic money is the next big thing in global banking.
The king of e-money today is Bitcoin, created in 2009, shortly after the global economic and banking system shocks known now as the Great Recession. Bitcoin was the brain baby of a mysterious person known as Satoshi Nakamoto, who posted the 2009 Bitcoin white paper on a well-known cryptocurrency forum. His paper described the architecture and function of the new type of e-money that he had invented. Shortly thereafter he offered an open source software package that implemented the white paper’s ideas, and, with the mining of the first “block” of Bitcoin by Satoshi himself in 2009, Bitcoin was born.
Shortly after, Bitcoin’s first commercial use was to buy some pizza for a guy who had a bunch of bitcoin to spare. In 2013, just four years after its creation, Bitcoin was worth as much as $12 billion. That value has since fallen to about $4 billion.
Why would anyone use e-money? Well, the Great Recession is itself a big part of that answer. Normal money like the U.S. dollar is known as a “fiat currency” because it is offered by fiat by the central government and its value is backed simply by the power of the state issuing it, and the confidence that such power creates. Its value also comes from its ability to be used to pay taxes to the state. Until 1971, the U.S. government used gold to back the value of money it issued, but Nixon took the U.S. off the “gold standard” in favor of a new floating system of value in which the value of the dollar is determined mostly by market forces. The market that determines the dollar’s value in relation to other currencies is the international trading system, of both goods and services, which are denominated in dollars (mostly) but also the trading of dollars themselves for other currencies.
For example, China now holds about $1.5 trillion of dollars in reserve in order to pay for goods and services denominated in dollars and as a store of value for a rainy day, out of a $3.5 trillion in total currency reserves. China keeps such a large amount of dollars because the dollar is the primary reserve currency in the world today and has been for some time.
Other reserve currencies include the British pound, the euro, the Japanese yen, and, if China has its way, before too long the Chinese yuan will also be considered a reserve currency. One commentator has recently suggested that the yuan is headed toward replacing the dollar as the global reserve currency before too long. That would be a momentous shift if it does indeed happen.
The dollar became the primary reserve currency because of our central role in the global economy, which was won by a combination of our large size (more than 1/4th of the global economy after World War II) and our military might that came from being on the right side in World War II, and from our continued military dominance in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Today, fully 60% of the globe operates in this “dollar zone.” But as the Economist article linked to above describes, there are growing cracks in the dollar’s global dominance.
Since the U.S. went off the gold standard in 1971 the value of our currency has been determined entirely by social and economic acceptance around the world. In other words, the value of the U.S. dollar is based entirely on confidence in the U.S. government and its economy, and on the trust that such confidence instills in the ability of the dollar to retain its value and its use as an exchange currency.
But the 2008-2009 Great Recession shook a lot of people into the realization that nothing is written in stone, no economic foundation is entirely firm, and even the dollar can of course lose value. When the U.S. government agreed to the $700 billion (with a “b”) bailout of major U.S. banks in 2009, plus the Federal Reserves’ $trillions in additional support, it became quite obvious that our economic and currency system had some major flaws. This was not, of course, the only economic crisis we’ve suffered. Rather, it was simply the latest and most severe since the Great Depression.
Satoshi’s new form of e-money, Bitcoin, arrived in 2009 at an opportune time and a lot of hobbyists, libertarians, and tinkerers leapt at the chance to experiment with a new type of currency that didn’t rely on any central bank or any central authority whatever for its value or its operation.
The magic ingredient in Bitcoin is the distribution of trust (sometimes described as “trustless” transactions) in a vast network that moots the need for the “centralization of trust” that is the function of central banks like the Federal Reserve. The distribution of trust in the Bitcoin ecosystem is made possible with Satoshi’s invention of the “blockchain.” The blockchain is an electronic record of all Bitcoin transactions that is stored on every node of the ever-increasing network of the Bitcoin ecosystem. Because it is completely distributed and constantly updated in real time, the blockchain, which is the ledger of all Bitcoin transactions, can never be shut down by any outside force and it becomes practically immune from hackers.
(Centralized businesses that are part of the Bitcoin ecosystem can still be hacked, and there have been prominent examples of such hacking, such as Mt. Gox before it folded in 2013, but these incidents do not reflect on the security of the blockchain itself.)
In other words, the Bitcoin ecosystem is a way for anybody using it to avoid the centralized power of central banks and of national governments entirely, in terms of these entities’ ability to affect the value and use of the Bitcoin currency. ABN Amro bank chief said it well in August this year: “What the Internet has done for information and the way we communicate, the blockchain will do for value and the way we look at trust. The financial world is going to flip upside-down.”
Obviously, the decentralized nature and independence from government influence has appealed to libertarians and techno-optimists since Bitcoin’s creation. Bitcoin-enabled commerce holds the promise of reducing national borders, and the power of central governments, significantly.
Bitcoin in World Affairs
Okay, now that that introduction to e-money is out of the way, let me shift gears to talk about foreign affairs and where our global system is headed. It is well-known that China’s economy is growing rapidly and at the current pace of growth is set to exceed the size of the U.S. economy in 5-20 years (depending on various factors). Whether this happens in 5, 10, or 20 years doesn’t really matter for present purposes because my point is simply that China is on the verge of taking the top spot from the U.S. in terms of economic power on the global stage.
Recent events have cast some doubts on the sustainability of China’s economic expansion but my feeling is that the current issues facing China are temporary and that it will before too long continue to grow at a steady pace over time.
China is already flexing its new-found muscle in various ways, including with its recent creation of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a regional replacement in many ways for the World Bank. The World Bank is a major part of the Bretton Woods economic system that has governed world affairs in many ways since its creation in 1944 at the close of the Second World War. The World Bank chief is traditionally an American and its sister institution’s chief at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is traditionally a European.
The U.S. and the UK were the primary architects of the Bretton Woods system and many would agree that these same powers, along with Europe and the western world more generally, have benefited greatly from this system through improved trade relations and improved stability within and between nations.
China’s creation of the AIIB is a direct challenge to the long-standing Bretton Woods system largely because it is the first institution of its kind to gain buy-in from European and other western powers, including the UK, France, Australia, and many others—over the loud objections of the U.S.
China has also worked extensively with Russia in recent years on major infrastructure projects, like a planned rail link between Moscow and Beijing, but also and more importantly in terms of using the yuan as a replacement for the dollar in economic transactions between Russia and China.
In sum, China is already in many ways pushing for a world in which U.S. power and economic strength is much reduced. And while I would agree with many critics regarding the misuse of U.S. power over the last couple of decades, in particular, I fear that China, or a China/Russia axis, would, as the replacement superpower (or “hyperpower” as some have described the U.S. today), be worse than the U.S. has been. And possibly far worse. This is because, among other reasons, China lacks a democratic tradition, is highly nationalistic and ethnicist, and is home to a growing bellicosity and assertiveness that doesn’t bode well for peace as China continues to rise and increasingly butts up against U.S. power in Asia and around the world, as well as with regional rivals like Japan. I fear increasing conflict between China, its regional neighbours, and the U.S., but also a world in which China could theoretically replace the U.S. as top dog at some point down the road.
However, I see the rise of Bitcoin as a powerful tool in helping to prevent this from happening. How? Well, the key to this dynamic is the potential for Bitcoin to replace the yuan as the currency of choice in China. Bitcoin is already being used on a minimal basis in China and China has cracked down on early Bitcoin entrepreneurs and cracked down on Bitcoin in other ways. But even with China’s crackdown on Bitcoin normal Chinese can and do conduct a significant amount of economic transactions in Bitcoin. And China is home to the most Bitcoin mining (creating Bitcoin through massive computing power) of any country, by far, controlling over 50% of all mining in 2015.
Bitcoin is appealing to the Chinese for different reasons, but its main appeal, it seems, is the ability it gives them to send money anywhere in the world with the push of a button, with no fees or very limited fees. China imposes strong capital controls on its citizens, including an annual limit of $50,000 (approximately) in Chinese money being sent out of the country, along with new daily limits on ATM withdrawals in foreign countries. These limits are imposed as a way to maintain the Chinese government’s ability to control the value of its currency, which has been pegged at a specific value to the dollar since 1993.
Bitcoin, however, allows any Chinese national to send as much money abroad as they want to because Bitcoin transactions are generally untraceable to any particular individual. This privacy is made possible because the blockchain ledger of Bitcoin transactions doesn’t contain any personal information. It only contains the Bitcoin transactions themselves.
This feature alone may lead the Chinese to expand their use of Bitcoin, continuing a very clear trend since Bitcoin was created. If this trend does continue, then Bitcoin may become, before too long, a widespread currency in China alongside the yuan, either overtly or more likely covertly.
If Bitcoin continues to be used widely, and if the yuan continues to be devalued through floating exchange rates or through government manipulation of its value, Bitcoin may well become the preferred currency and store of value for large numbers of Chinese.
This evolutionary process could lead to the yuan becoming further devalued through disuse, particularly if other countries start to reject the yuan as a reserve currency, in favor of Bitcoin or other more established currencies, which could lead to a downward spiral of declining value for the yuan. This would improve the competitiveness of Chinese exports, which would boost the Chinese economy, all else equal, but a downward spiral in the value of a national currency is never a good thing in the long-term.
Bitcoin would be well-situated in such a scenario to eventually replace the yuan as the currency of choice for the majority of Chinese people. And if that happens, the central government loses its ability to set economic policy. And if that happens, China may be stopped in its tracks from becoming a superpower capable of rivaling the U.S. If a country can’t control its own currency, or even have its own currency, it cannot be a superpower in any normal sense of the word.
This is all highly speculative, of course, but my aim is to present a plausible scenario in which China loses its ability to control the currency of choice for a majority of its citizens. We’re far too early in the development of Bitcoin to make any predictions about this unfolding dynamic but it will certainly be an interesting ride.
Is There An Alien/Human Hybrid Program?
- The Facts:
Among the lore existing within the UFO/extraterrestrial phenomenon is talk of an extraterrestrial human/hybrid program.
- Reflect On:
There is so much known when it comes to UFOs, but even more unknowns. The deeper you get into this topic the more you realize there is so much we don't know.
Prior to the recent official disclosure of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) in the mainstream (via the recent Pentagon footage and the release of millions of pages of UFO related documents from dozens of governments), UFOs were listed in the conspiracy category. This was the case despite all of the evidence that was leaked over the decades, from very credible sources. Apart from the evidence listed above, we also have witness testimony from hundreds of military and intelligence personnel from around the world. These are the sources that were cited before official UFO disclosure, and these same sources have also been quite expressive in their belief that some of these objects are indeed extraterrestrial, including the head of the Pentagon’s former Ariel defence program, Luis Elizondo.
If you’d like to read more about that discussion, you can refer to this article which dives into the extraterrestrial hypothesis a little deeper:
Surrounding the literature and the lore, there are stories of many different types of craft and beings which have supposedly been seen over the years. For example, over sixty school children were playing outside at recess, in 1994, in Zimbabwe, when they all said they saw a large craft, and multiple small crafts land in a nearby field. Not only that, they said they saw multiple “beings” that they described as non-human. This story has been well documented, is very serious, and was studied by various researchers. One of them is Harvard University psychologist Dr. John Mack. He himself interviewed these children personally, as well as many others. The story spread around the world quite fast and his interviews with the children were conducted shortly after the incident.
“Yes, it’s both. It’s both literally, physically happening to a degree; and it’s also some kind of psychological, spiritual experience occurring and originating perhaps in another dimension. And so the phenomenon stretches us, or it asks us to stretch to open to realities that are not simply the literal physical world, but to extend to the possibility that there are other unseen realities from which our consciousness, our, if you will, learning processes over the past several hundred years have closed us off.” – Dr. Mack (source)
You can read more about that story in detail here.
There are literally hundreds of supposed encounters with virtually no explanation. And now that we know “the phenomenon is something real, and not visionary or fictitious” (General Nathan Twinning) it’s time to ask more questions, like, if they are extraterrestrial, what are they doing here? How many different groups have we catalogued? As you can imagine, there are probably hundreds of questions one can think of as this topic and its implications leave no aspect of humanity untouched.
At a MUFON conference, Franklin Story Musgrave (former NASA astronaut) emphasized the fact that there are probably trillions of races out there that are doing star travel. You can watch that clip here. He’s one of many astronauts who have a heavy interest in this subject, as a lot of them, like Dr. Edgar Mitchell, have come out and said publicly that they are well aware of the phenomenon, that it’s real, and that a massive cover-up has been taking place over the years.
So what do they look like? The picture above is one of many supposed pictures of real extraterrestrials. We posted a few more with the stories behind them, as well as the story with regards to the above picture, in an article that goes into more detail, which you can read here.
Having been an avid researcher into the phenomenon for more than a decade, I’ve studied much of the literature and the lore associated with UFOs and the supposed extraterrestrials (or extradimensionals) who operate them. It’s filled with multiple accounts of beings who are concerned with the well being of our planet. What’s also interesting is the fact that multiple contactees and their stories always seem to corroborate, for the most part.
A lot of these people are ordinary people who’ve had their lives changed, and people who knew nothing of the phenomenon.
There are reports of reptilians, gray aliens- both tall and short, hybrid looking aliens, human looking ones and much more. Apart for the care and well being of our planet, and the warning of our use of nuclear weapons and our overall destructive way of life, there are also a few other common themes within the lore, and one of them is a nhuman/alien hybridization program.
This program is supposedly run by a group of tall ‘grey’ aliens, who apparently are a dying race whose only hope for survival has been interbreeding with humans. This also comes from accounts of multiple supposed ‘contactees’ and those who have experienced ‘abductions.’
“Some of what people report as UFOs are extraterrestrial (ET) vehicles. Some of those extraterrestrial vehicles actually have ET crews, and some of those ET crews catch and release humans.” — Dr. Don Donderi, a retired McGill University Professor of 40 years in the Department of Psychology (source)
It’s important to keep in mind that many contactees have experienced forced abduction, or ‘friendly’ contact. Many accounts of forced abduction are also said to be ‘friendly,’ and something we don’t quite understand. That being said, many have had malevolent experiences too, but the human/alien hybridization program is a common theme, as is, again, the well being of our planet and our ‘spiritual’ progression that’s needed if we want to move forward.
Who can really say for sure at this point ?
Below is an excerpt from one of the leading researchers in the field, Richard Dolan, taken from his UFOs For The 21st Century mind. This is one of multiple such supposed encounters,
“Decades of study have led many researchers to conclude that these beings abduct humans in the dead of night and perform various procedures on them. These procedures, as often recounted by alleged abductees, seem to be geared toward some sort of breeding and genetic manipulation program. In other words, the Grays may be creating a race that is some sort of hybrid between human and Gray. If we ever prove openly that the Grays and these activities are real, the public reaction would be overwhelming.”
We must keep in mind that, throughout the past few decades, it hasn’t just been UFO reports, but abduction and contact reports as well.
Below is a good example of many similar stories that exist within the lore, also taken from Dolan’s book,
A well-known UFO abduction case involved a young Brazilian farmer named Antonio Villas-Boas, who lived near Sao Paulo. Boas had an apparent abduction experience on the night of October 15 1957. He gave a detailed description of the inside of the craft and its occupants; they wore tight, white clothing with a light on their belts, white shoes with no heels, large gloves, and opaque helmets with a slit at the level of the eyes. He claimed to have been stripped naked and given a medical exam in which one of the beings spread a liquid over his skin. He was then led to another room, where they took some blood from his chin, then left him alone. An unpleasant odor caused him to vomit.
Eventually, an alien female entered the room, entirely naked, she was attractive but seems very much like later descriptions of a human alien hybrid: she had hair that was nearly white, large slanted blue eyes, an ordinary nose, small but ordinary ears, high cheekbones, and a pointed chin. They had sex, but this was no fantasy out of Star Trek. Boas later said he was “uncontrollably” excited, despite being physically repelled by the experience. He wondered whether the liquid that had been spread over him had contributed to this. When the sexual experience was over, the woman lost interest and left the room. Just before she left, she turned to him, pointed to her belly, then pointed to the southern sky.
Abduction researcher, Dr. David Jacobs, a Temple University historian, became very involved with the abduction phenomenon (one aspect associated with ET’s and UFOs). He came across many consistencies, world wide, among supposed experiencers.
“Frequently, the abductee would be given reassuring statements, such as, “You are very special to us.” Sperm would be collected from men, eggs and fetuses from women. Many female abductees reported having fertilized eggs inserted into them, while others who were already pregnant had their implanted embryo extracted. It also appeared that abductees were targeted in their childhood and mined for genetic and reproductive material throughout their lives.” – Dolan
Interesting, isn’t it? There are rumours floating around in this field suggesting that President Eisenhower had a meeting with this group of ET’s (could be more than one), and made an agreement with them, because he had no choice, and actually gave permission to the extraterrestrials to do this. But who knows if that’s true, you can read about that supposed encounter between Eisenhower and the ET’s, in more detail, here.
Related CE article dealing with abductions:
What About Staged Abductions?
n his book, “Forbidden Science 4,” Dr. Jacques Valle explains how he came in possession documents showing that forced “UFO abductions” were conducted by the CIA as psychological warfare experiments. You can read more about that and supposed faked abductions, in more detail, here.
It’s important to remember that there may be multiple races visiting our planet, for multiple reasons. And when it comes to abductions, some of them might even be military abductions, but that’s a topic for another article.
The big picture take away from this is the fact that we are a race still in our infancy, and just as we discovered that the Earth was not flat, we are going to discover, if we haven’t already, that we’re not alone. As mentioned earlier, no aspect of life will go untouched, from science, to technology and our understanding of reality and more.
Perhaps we don’t even have the capability to understand what is going on here, but one thing is for sure, fear has been injected into the masses when it comes to the alien question. Whether this was deliberately done, who knows, but we are only now starting to ask the deeper questions that go beyond, “do UFOs exist?”
Human consciousness is changing, and information alone can change the way the collective perceives the world. That shift in perception can change the world, and who knows what type of impact that “ET” will have on mass consciousness? Based on my research and intuition, we are at a critical time in human history, and I do believe that we are being visited more frequently now, because there are many onlookers waiting to see what’s going to happen, and if we can make it out of the mess we’ve gotten ourselves into.
Our world needs a big change, we need to change ourselves, and we need more love, cooperation, and understanding on this planet. My intuition tells me we are missing some very key realizations about our world, and the nature of our reality, and I believe there is a spiritual underpinning behind all of it.
If we ourselves one day to venture off this planet and become ‘extraterrestrials’ ourselves, we’ve got a long way to go, and it seems, with what we’re discovering through non-material science, human consciousness is going to play a giant role. We have been approaching space for decades, and with everything we know about the secret space program, couple with comments made from Lockheed personnel and more, we are about to join “them” out there, whoever ‘they’ are.
Survivors From The MK Ultra Program Come Together To Sue The Federal Government
- The Facts:
Most people don't know the US Government disclosed the existence of this program that was being secretly performed on the American people for years.
- Reflect On:
Why would the US Government be concerned with learning how to mind control people?
According to this CTV News article, survivors and families of an MK Ultra brainwashing program run by Dr. Ewen Cameron at McGill University in Montreal in the 1950s and 1960s have banded together to bring the horrors of this program more fully into the public eye.
They are planning a class action lawsuit against the provincial and federal government, an initiative which lawyer Alan Stein feels optimistic about:
“I believe we can claim moral damages as a result of the experiments when Dr. Cameron used these people as guinea pigs.”—lawyer Alan Stein
There is reason to take Alan Stein seriously in this matter. He has successfully represented numerous survivors who were once patients at the infamous Allan Memorial Institute at McGill University.
In 1992, then Justice Minister Kim Campbell compensated 77 former patients of the program, but denied others a payout because they were deemed not damaged enough. Stein has handled several lawsuits and out of court settlements since.
Public Apology Is Primary
What is different with this class action suit is that the primary objective of the victims is a public apology and an admission of complicity on the part of the government. In previously successful individual lawsuits, money was paid out based on the extent of damage—such as the degree to which the victim had reached a ‘childlike state’—and not on the fundamental principal that citizens’ human rights had been egregiously violated.
I will not detail the litany of human rights abuses that were perpetrated by the MK Ultra program here. This episode of the Fifth Estate might be a good place to start if you are interested in getting more details about the kind of cruel and subversive treatment victims had to endure, treatment that often damaged patients for life. Suffice it to say that none of the patients provided informed consent or knew that they were being used for Cameron’s CIA and federally funded research. Instead, they were wrongly told their treatments were medically necessary and for their own well-being.
Those survivors who were deemed damaged enough to warrant compensation or the family members who were fighting on their behalf were forced by the government to sign non-disclosure agreements. Much of the motivation behind survivors and their families coming together this time and taking collective action is borne out of the frustration that the government continues to do everything in its power to hush up the existence of this program and prevent revelations of these inhumane acts from becoming part of everyday discourse.
These events, like the holocaust, should become strongly ingrained into our collective psyches so that we can heal from them, and also empower ourselves to prevent this abuse of authority from happening in the future.
What is promising is that more and more people are rejecting the avenue of getting paid off for their silence, and are motivated to bring acts of human atrocity to the light of day, forcing those implicated to take public responsibility. The more the government resists the processes needed for healing and reconciliation that are clearly in the interests of its citizens, the deeper their hidden complicity in these tragedies will appear to those with eyes to see.
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Warning: Graphic Video Exposes A Cruel Truth Behind Designer Leather, Like Louis Vuitton
- The Facts:
The PETA video below features footage inside multiple crocodile farms in Vietnam.
- Reflect On:
Are the products that you purchase unnecessarily made from animals?
So many people, particularly those of us who live in more industrialized countries, have become obsessed with our appearance. People slave away behind a desk just so they can afford that new designer handbag or some other fashion craze. Very rarely do we ask ourselves, “Do I truly need this material item, or am I using it to fill a void?”
Even more rarely do we ask ourselves, “What material are my clothes made out of and where do they come from?” We just take a glimpse at a tag, recognize the label, and purchase it without second guessing what our money is supporting. If the process was shown to us visually, during our purchase, just think about how many people would walk away from that item.
This is how disconnected and ignorant we’ve become.
The sad truth is that the fashion industry is torturing and murdering innocent animals and destroying the environment in the process. A recent PETA video exposes the terrifying reality behind many designer leather items.
Warning: Graphic Video That Will Make You Ditch Leather Forever
Society not only considers it ‘normal’ to own leather products, but also encourages consumers to buy them because leather is considered a high quality material, one that only people with “higher statuses” can afford. In particular, crocodile skin has been a fad for a long time in the leather industry, as many luxury brands will make leather handbags, watches, shoes, belts, and other clothing items out of it.
The PETA video below features footage inside multiple crocodile farms in Vietnam. In the video, you can see that the crocodiles are still alive while being cut open and skinned. In fact, crocodiles can live for multiple hours after being skinned alive. One of the farms featured is one that provides crocodile leather for Louis Vuitton, which is often viewed as a symbol of prosperity, but should really be viewed as a symbol of cruelty.
The Chilling Truth Behind The Fashion Industry
Crocodiles aren’t the only animals to be tortured, skinned alive, and forced to endure a slow and painful death. Leather can be made from a variety of animals including the more obvious choices of cows, pigs, goats, and sheep; exotic animals like alligators, ostriches, and kangaroos; and even house pets such as dogs and cats. You may be thinking, “I’d never wear leather from cats and dogs!” However, ask yourself these two questions: What makes dogs and cats so different from other animals and how would you even be able to distinguish between leather made from a dog and leather made from a cow?
No, North America doesn’t kill dogs and cats for leather, but they do import leather products from China, where cats and dogs are killed for their meat and then skinned for leather. In fact, most leather actually comes from China or India and there’s no way to determine where (or whom) your leather is coming from (source).
Wool isn’t any better either; you’d assume that manufacturers would want to keep the animals alive and treat them with care since wool doesn’t technically require an animal to die. It seems this would be more economical, yet these animals are tortured and often die as a result of the brutality that takes place on wool farms (you can read about that here).
I’ve also heard people argue that leather is more environmentally sustainable than other cruelty-free alternatives. Yes, it may have a longer product lifecycle than some vegan alternatives; however, it’s also responsible for the same environmental degradation the meat industry causes and further pollution from the dying and tanning processes. To give you a few statistics:
“Livestock and their byproducts account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, or 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.”
“Livestock is responsible for 65% of all human-related emissions of nitrous oxide – a greenhouse gas with 296 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide, and which stays in the atmosphere for 150 years.”
“Cows produce 150 billion gallons of methane per day.” (source)
So, How Do We Transition To A Leather-Free Fashion Industry?
We torture and murder these animals, all for what? A pair of shoes? A wallet to hold the cards that are literally driving you into debt? I’ll admit, there’s a certain practicality behind leather because of its durability, but there are numerous vegan materials that are equally as strong and long-lasting. Some of the awesome, vegan, eco-friendly alternatives to leather include waxed cotton, paper, cork, tree bark “leather,” and one of my personal favourites, recycled tires! PETA has a comprehensive list of vegan leathers that are just as sleek and durable as real leather.
I ditched all of my leather products a long time ago; however, I completely understand the struggle to do so. If you own a lot of leather, it can be expensive and wasteful to simply throw it out. You have a few options: you could sell your leather goods, donate them to a shelter or a facility that refurbishes or recycles leather, or trade them with friends for other cruelty-free options!
It’s also important to recognize that, at one point in time, using animals to create our clothing served us. Animal skin and fur was able to provide our ancestors with enough warmth to survive in colder climates. It was also a more sustainable option for clothing at the time if they were killing the animal for food anyways (long before factory farming became mainstream).
However, now is the time to divest from animal products and move towards a cruelty-free future. We’ve seen how these animals are treated and there’s no way to justify the terror that takes place in these facilities. We know that consuming animal products is of a very low vibration and that simply cannot serve us if we want to raise our consciousness and lead the collective towards a brighter future. Animals weren’t put on this Earth to serve us; they’re not ours to take, just like the environment isn’t ours to destroy.
Say goodbye to your leather so you can look great on the outside and feel even better on the inside!
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