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Arnold Schwarzenegger: Terminate Eating Meat to Help Save The Planet?

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Reduce or Terminate Eating Meat

Like him, hate him, or love him, big Arnold Schwarzenegger, the once Hummer driving Governor of California, was interviewed by the BBC at the UN Climate Conference in Paris a few days ago. Arnold added his voice to the growing list of high profile celebrities who are promoting the benefits of a vegetarian diet in an effort to help reduce our impact on the planetary systems. Arnold suggests it is a “good idea” for people to stop eating meat altogether or, at the very least, to stop for one or two days a week. “Luckily, we know you can get protein in many different ways,” Schwarzenegger states in the BBC interview. He also points out that a good portion of greenhouses gases are produced by intensive farming of livestock. Schwarzenegger, who started his career as  a bodybuilder, winning the Mr. Universe title at the age of twenty and going on to win the Mr. Olympia contest seven times, has inspired many young males for decades. Schwarzenegger makes a good point that it is difficult to get people to change habits immediately, hence, it is possibly a better strategy for people to reduce consumption in the first instance in an effort to move toward a more vegetarian/vegan diet.

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UN Food and Agricultural Organisation Report

Last year, the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation released a report that claimed emissions from farming, forestry, and fisheries had nearly doubled over the past half-century and may increase another 30 per cent by 2050. In line with this trend of a growing awareness and the impact humans are having on the planet, there is increasing discussion around the efficiencies of our agricultural systems. According to ecologists David Tilman from the University of Minnesota and Matthew Clark, “rising incomes and urbanisation have changed the global diet which has become high in refined sugars, refined fats, oils and meats.” The Tilman and Clark study published in the journal Nature showed that, by 2050, these dietary trends will be a major contributor to an estimated 80 per cent increase in global agricultural greenhouse gas.

One Billion Hectares of Natural Habitat Could be Destroyed For Livestock

If the current Western diet continues to influence eating habits (high meat and processed food consumption), it is envisaged a further billion hectares of natural habitat will be destroyed to provide the land needed for food production and agriculture. The study analysed data on environmental costs of food production, diet trends, relationships between diet and health, and population growth. Between 1961 and 2009, the pair discovered consumption of meat and calories per person rose in tandem with income. Combining this with forecasts of population and income growth for the coming decades, the researchers showed diets in 2050 would contain fewer servings of fruits and vegetables, but 25 to 50 percent more pork, poultry, beef, dairy, and eggs. The study also used a computer model to see how changing from an omnivore diet to a typical Mediterranean, pescatarian, or vegetarian alternative could make a significant difference. The study’s findings showed eating less meat is essential to ensure future demand for food can be met and dangerous climate change avoided. This study has also been supported by research from the University of Cambridge and University of Aberdeen, which did similar studies. This dietary shift would prevent the destruction of an area of tropical forests and savannas as large as half of the United States. (1)

The Dramatic Increase in Diet-related Disease

A study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in 2013 found that, as global food diversity declines and the consumption of meat and processed foods increases, the direct result is a dramatic increase in diet-related disease. Spiraling incidents of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer are highly correlated to Western diets heavy in meats and dairy. “Such diseases,” the study says, “are becoming epidemics.” The study notes that it is “a shared axiom” of ecology and nutrition that diversity enhances health. (2) 

Bringing Back Plant Diversity

There are over 30,000 known edible plants, yet just fifty crops deliver 90% of the world’s calories. The opportunities for a more diverse mix of edibles in our diets offer significant prospects for establishing new food systems which deliver greater variety and higher nutritional value. Greater diversity in food production will bring greater resilience to food systems as well as delivering new and exciting opportunities. Under a localised model of food production, other opportunities will arise as will businesses which support the functioning of healthy local economies.

Ultimately a vegetarian diet would significantly address some of the energy issues we face. It would also help solve some of the broader issues of deforestation, climate change, water consumption, and pollution. Switching to a plant-based diet is possibly the single most important thing an individual can do to minimise use of resources and benefit the overall environment.(3) 

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Related CE Article: Disturbing Aerial Photos Show What Killing Billions of Animals For Meat Is Doing To The Environment

 

Disturbing Aerial Photos Show What Killing Billions Of Animals For Meat Is Doing To The Environment

 

excerpts from Rethink…Your world, Your future.

Article by Andrew Martin, author of  Rethink…Your world, Your future. and One ~ A Survival Guide for the Future… 

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(1) University of Minnesota. “Live longer? Save the planet? Better diet could nail both.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 12 November 2014. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/11/141112132057.htm

(2) http://livewellforlife.eu/blogs/the-importance-of-food-diversity

(3) Bill Mollision, A Permaculture Designers Manual, Tagari Publications, Australia, 1988. P30.

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8 Year-Old Mexican Girl Invents A Solar Water Heater & Wins Nuclear Science Prize

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  • The Facts:

    An 8 year old girl named Xóchitl Guadalupe Cruz has invented a solar powered water heater out of recycled materials that will bring warm water to those who don't have easy access.

  • Reflect On:

    Don't we have incredible innovation everywhere we turn? Why then does our world not see thrivability everywhere? Is it perhaps held back by systems that don't allow for all to thrive?

Innovation comes from all ages, and this is further seen in the story of Xóchitl Guadalupe Cruz, an eight-year-old girl from Chiapas, Mexico who invented an entirely solar-powered device for heating water. The impact her invention could have on others around the world is immense, and this has inspired the UNAM’s (National Autonomous University of Mexico) Institute of Nuclear Sciences to award her.

To those in developed countries, her invention may not seem all that revolutionary as access to warm or hot water is commonplace, but for those in many other areas of the world, including her town in Mexico, this would be a luxury.

Cruz’s device was inspired by the desire to reduce deforestation and pollution by replacing the need to cut logs for heating water, which is the primary method used in her part of the world. Cruz furthers her commitment to environmentally sound practices by utilizing recycled materials to build her device.


The Cruz family has already installed their daughter’s invention on the roof of their home in Mexico. They now enjoy warm water that can be used for anything from cooking to bathing.

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Her solar-powered invention has the potential to improve the quality of life for millions around the world who still rely on wood as the primary source of fuel for heating water.

At CE we have long brought up the idea that our economic system ultimately holds back the ability for humanity to thrive. While many look at capitalism in developed countries as an ideal means to create high-quality products for consumers, the economic models we operate off of are designed at their core to enslave humanity. This can be explored via research into how money comes into our economy to begin with — a debt-based process initiated by central banks that indebts a country which then indebts the banking system which then indebts the business/consumer.

The very design of the system also makes it so that certain countries can easily be held down by others as they cannot easily access modern developments that come from other countries simply because the value of their currency is set by those who control the economy.

Thus, the need for inventions like this serve to temporarily provide help to people who could already be enjoying the luxury of energy technologies suppressed by the economic system and their rulers who choose to put power and control over the thrivability of humanity.

While we are here, let’s also consider the reality of new energy technologies that go well beyond wind, solar and fossil fuels. We did an interview series with Susan Manewich, another incredible voice in the space of emerging energy technologies to not only discuss the purposeful suppression of new energy technologies, but also a less talked about form of ‘suppression’ that is placed on the emergence of these technologies.

Below is a teaser to the Hidden Energy Technology interview we did with her, and you can sign up for a free 7 day trial to CETV to watch it.

The Takeaway

There is never a shortage of innovation, ideas, and problem solving within our society. But there is often a shortage of movement allowed in the rigid systems we have created that stop technology and basic needs from being brought to all.

When you consider the basic truth that millions don’t have access to clean water and food each day, when at the same time, others just a few hours away by flight live in completely developed countries where gluttony is commonplace, you begin to realize that this is being done by design, not by accident.

Do we still wish to put all of our faith and participation in systems that seek to enslave others vs. allow them to thrive? A deep question for such a simple story, but still a necessary one.

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Sobering Footage Shows Orangutan Fighting Off Excavator To Protect His Home

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  • The Facts:

    Footage released in 2018 shows an orangutan trying to protect its habitat by attacking a machine deforesting for palm oil creation.

  • Reflect On:

    Are we at a point where we are recognizing the disconnected nature of our actions? Do videos like this make us feel something? If so what are we feeling? Are we finally beginning to realize we are not in harmony with nature or ourselves?

By now many of us know about the destructive nature of palm oil harvesting. As each year goes by about 6,000 orangutans are killed as a direct result of deforestation for palm oil. According to The Orangutan Project, every hour 300 football fields of precious remaining forest is ploughed to the ground across South East Asia to make way for palm oil plantations.

The creation of palm oil is popular within the food industry because it is a cheap oil that can be used in many processed products. While the cost on the shelves might be cheap, the cost on wildlife and the environment isn’t, but it appears as though that isn’t the concern in society as we operate in a way where each individual or individual company is looking to capitalize on the market without considering the cost of our collective actions.

Orangutans and other animals are being forced from their homes as a result of this human action and it appears it’s time for us to begin reflecting not only on our choices as consumers, but also on how our systems and infrastructures are designed to support this type of action.

A video clip shot in 2013 but released in 2018 brings all the observation and emotional connection necessary to see just how big of a problem this has become for our wildlife friends. The clip obtained by International Animal Rescue captured footage of an orangutan attempting to defend his home from loggers.

The short clip shows an orangutan walking toward a bulldozer that is destroying its habitat in the Sungai Putri forest in Borneo, Indonesia. After slapping the machine’s bucket, he frantically tries to escape.

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The organization wrote on Facebook:

“This desperate orangutan is frantically seeking refuge from the destructive power of the bulldozer; a machine that has already decimated everything else around him.”

You could say there was some good news for the orangutan as it was rescued by the animal welfare group. But his home, much like the homes of many like him, was destroyed.

This is yet another example of how humans are responsible for the mass amounts of suffering taking place in our world. We are witnessing a time when cutting out animal products in our diets and clothing selections is becoming more popular due to the rise in awareness about how our unnecessary actions are causing suffering to others.

This showcases a shift in overall collective awareness that puts humanity back in connection with nature and its surroundings. The truth is, and you could say this is my opinion although for me it’s a deep feeling, when humanity is truly in touch with itself, the unnecessary killing of animals and the environment simply doesn’t make sense to partake in. No beliefs, ethics or morality necessary to feel that truth.

The Takeaway

Have we reached a point where we can say we do not respect our environment or natural life? Is our disconnection with self and our own consciousness beyond ‘the brain’ evident in how we treat other living things?

If you wish to help shift humanity away from practices like this and create a more peaceful society, share this article to raise awareness about the issue. Further, you can move into a more peaceful and connected state within yourself which helps shift collective consciousness by taking The 5 Days of You Challenge here.

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Jordan Peterson Shares Highly Controversial Thoughts About Climate Change

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  • The Facts:

    The facts surrounding climate change and what we hear politically don't line up. 2 years reading the science at a UN committee has Jordan Peterson in the know when it comes to the truth about climate change.

  • Reflect On:

    Why is it that the issue of climate change is so controversial? Is it perhaps because the facts and history don't match with the extreme fear presented through politics?

Over the past few years Jordan Peterson has gained a lot of popularity within the masses, and for good reason. Peterson is like a flag being raised in the air that states “hold on a second, let’s think a little bit about the things you are so charged about in society, and let’s see what’s actually true.”

Why this is important is because many things are coming to the forefront in humanity’s collective consciousness. All the shadows, the tough stuff, the darker stuff — no more hiding from the realities of our actions and things we do as a collective.

As this all comes forward, emotions can run high. When this happens, if we don’t process those emotions, and instead let them linger, we end up with a great deal of cloud within our understanding of reality. However, when we are grounded, and perhaps in our hearts, we can not only see truth more clearly, but also move forward in solving the issues we face.

Our judgement becomes clouded when we pretend our individual stories and anecdotes apply to all people, when we cannot process our emotions, and when we build our identities on the things we believe in. The truth is, today’s modern culture severely attempts to locate an enemy and tries to blame the world’s issues on one set of people. This is as a result of social engineering and only further pulls apart society and stops us from solving any of the challenges we face.

On To Peterson

Jordan Peterson recently gave a presentation at the Cambridge Union at Cambridge University in England–we’ll get to that important video in a second. During the talk, he was asked whether or not climate change was a good issue to unite the world around us so we can begin solving the problems we face together, problems that apply to us all. Peterson answered simply at first, “No.”

In the course of his explanation, he went on to say that trying to solve global warming is “…the kind of low resolution thinking that gets us nowhere.” And he’s right.

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The reason why I resonate with this statement is because when you trust politicians, what you get is what you got. And just as Peterson goes on to describe in his talk, politicians are not bringing us the truth about climate change that scientists are finding.

Intuitively, global warming didn’t add up for me 10 years ago. That sparked a journey into reading the papers, doing the research, sifting through the thousands of pages of reports, science and documents of what has been known about climate change for the last 10 years and beyond.

I questioned the “98% of scientists all agree” statement and thought critically about it. Who are these scientists? Who was asked? Why only certain people? Why aren’t they taking into consideration the ones that don’t agree?

The challenge is that people seem to think from one camp or another. Either you agree with climate change or you got all of your information from people pushing fossil fuels. This is bad thinking in my view, and thinking that is driven by a culture that politicizes every issue such that nothing can be done about them but create more wealth for the elite class while the masses fight.

The truth is, and this is the same message I have been presenting about climate change for years now, we don’t need any scientist to tell us that we are harming our environment. Air pollution, waste, animal agriculture, toxic chemicals and so forth, these are all practices we all know, see and feel every day. Yet you’ll notice C02 isn’t in there. Why? Because C02 is not the issue. The issue is that our economic system does not support the mass changing of our destructive ways because it’s designed for everyone to be striving to do everything as cheap as humanly possible to maximize profits or simply stay alive.

The elephant in the room is our economic system, and C02 is simply the distraction from that elephant.

As Peterson states in the remainder of his talk, he worked in a UN committee for 2 years and in that time read many papers about climate change, many of which made him feel better about the situation just as they did for me. Why? Because as Peterson states, the politics and the science do not match. What Alexandria Ocasio Cortez says and what the science states are two different things. When you read the science, you see things aren’t what people are saying.

Further to that, much of what is out there in the form of radical theory is built off of unreliable data. For those watching the science closely each year, you will know that the data is proven faulty as every year goes by. Projections are proven faulty as every year goes by. Peterson sees and knows this as well.

The Takeaway

Like with most things about our world, it can be sifted through with intuition at first. Much of my journey in understanding the way our world truly works came from meditation, intuition and remaining neutral. When you then bring the science, mind and facts in from that point as a foundation, you will see things a lot more clearly and thus know how to talk about solving the issues at hand.

In this case, if we do not address the enslaving economic system that was put there by those who control humanity, we will not be able to move to a point where we truly thrive. Recognition of this issue allows us to take action.

Action that happens both within our consciousness and out in our world. This is why I developed the CE Protocol, it helps us understand the full picture of how we can change ourselves and our world.

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