Tonight we watched Leonardo DiCaprio’s climate change documentary, “Before the Flood.” The film is an epic look into the causes of climate change and what can be done to reverse it.
The harm that humans have done to our Earth over the last hundred years is profound. In the name of money we have scorched, poisoned, melted, tortured, and exploited our planet, its resources, and many of its living beings. If we continue this path, the third panel of Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights becomes more than just a piece of art, it becomes a profound look into our not-so-distant future.
The film does offer solutions to our impending climate problem. Incorporating a carbon tax will encourage less use of fossil fuels and building 99 more factories identical to Tesla’s new Gigafactory will provide the world with all the solar power it needs.
We need to leave fossil fuels in the ground and turn to renewable solar and wind energies to power our lives.
The film barely touches on the animal industry, but hints that cutting down (or eliminating) animal products from our lives can drastically reduce the effects of climate change. Frankly, there’s no other change that’s as easy or as immediately helpful to the planet as living life without beef, poultry, or other animal products.
We all know that the beef industry clearcuts rainforest to make way for cattle farms. We know that cattle emit enough methane gas to significantly contribute to climate change. We know that animal agriculture in the U.S. uses far more fresh water than all residences combined.
Additionally, we also know that eating processed meats causes cancer in humans and contributes to heart disease and high cholesterol.
It’s also no secret that factory farming and the dairy industry provide horrendous lives and tortured deaths for the beings who are destined from birth to become meals.
If we know about the devastation we are causing to the planet, to our climate, to our health, and to the animals, why do we continue to choose the same path every day?
Do people truly not understand, or do they simply not care?
Earth has reached a tipping point and yet, still, the vast majority of humans choose to look the other way and accept the current way of doing things as “just the way things are.” That’s a status quo that will continue to corrupt minds, fund the corporations that are killing Earth, and rob our children of the beautiful planet we once knew.
We don’t have to sit and watch Earth die. Each of us can do something, starting today, to contribute to a sustainable, clean future. It’s called harmless living.
Base your decisions on what you eat and how you live by asking yourself one simple question:
“Am I causing harm with this decision?”
If the answer is yes, choose something else. If someone had to die so you can enjoy a moment of pleasure, choose something else. If your action will cause harm to your health, choose something else. If your decision will contribute to the climate change problem, choose something else that causes less harm.
It’s just not that hard.
We all have to work to reduce, and ultimately eliminate, the harm we are doing to Earth, its animals, and ourselves.
If you won’t do it for yourself, try looking into the eyes of your child or grandchild and telling her why your desire to cause harm outweighs her right to a safe and comfortable future.
This isn’t just about “going vegan” or becoming a hippy tree-hugger. This is about a fundamental shift in humanity to save our planet and doing what’s necessary to inspire change on a global level.
If you won’t do it, why not?
As Leo said in the closing minutes of his film, “You are the last best hope of Earth. We ask you to protect it. Or we – and all living things we cherish – are history.”