About Earthhero

I am a sophomore at Chamblee Charter High school and a climate change leader with the Alliance for Climate Education(ACE). I was born in Georgia and have always lived in Georgia. My parents are from the African country of Liberia and have always instilled in me the value of working hard for you want by taking the initiative to do so. When I was younger I remember always hearing about climate change and thinking; what can I do? I found that out by reading books and watching documentaries about climate change, and began doing little things like recycling and cutting the lights off when I leave a room. Now that I'm older I can make even more of a difference through ACE, by spreading the word about climate change and getting my fellow peers educated about it.

Meatless Mondays

The crispiness of bacon, the crunch of fried chicken, and the delicious taste of a freshly cooked steak! By now the mouths of many meat lovers are most likely watering.

brettingtons.com - *dead* sorry, it's probably counter-productive to post this in the middle of a post about vegetarianism ¯_(ツ)_/¯

But yeah, meat is tasty. I would know.

What I also know is that meat consumption as well as what it takes to produce and process it does affect the environment.

Americans consume more than 37 million tons of meat annually and 8 ounces of meat per day, 45% more than recommended by the USDA (U.S Department of Agriculture)( “Monday Campaigns | Meatless Monday.” Monday Campaigns. Meatless Monday Campaign, 2003-2015. Web). Red meat and dairy have the highest environmental footprint when compared to fruits and vegetables. They account for roughly 15% of total global carbon emissions. (“Monday Campaigns | Meatless Monday.” Monday Campaigns. Meatless Monday Campaign, 2003-2015. Web).

So what can we do about this?

Well, taking the initiative to participate in the Meatless Monday movement is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. This international movement was launched in association with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and since then many countries outside of the U.S have jumped on board with the movement.

In May of 2009, Ghent, Belgium became the first non-U.S city to go meatless on Monday. Not long after that, Paul McCartney introduced the UK to meat-free Mondays. To date, the Meatless Monday movement is active now in 36 countries.

Taking one day out of your week to go totally meat free can have a huge impact. Over the course of one year, for example, a four-person family who skips eating meat one time during a week is equivalent to taking your car off the road for five weeks! Studies show that meat production produces significantly more green house gases than vegetables, including carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide.

If everyone went meatless on Monday, the impact of the pollution caused by meat production would greatly be reduced! So I challenge you to visit meatlessmonday.com today and take the pledge to go a meat-free Monday!

 
Sources:
www.meatlessmonday.com/the-gobal-movement/
www.mondaycampaigns.org
www.jhsph.edu/research/centers
www.humanmedia.org/dcc/tabs.php

Co-authored by the OnAir Team

Taking small steps to make a big impact

As you step out of your house, you meet a sea of trash and an echoing memory of what once was the thriving community that you grew up in. Startled by the chaos, you think to yourself: How could this beautiful area you call home be in such shambles. I used to spend my afternoons outside playing with my friends but now I spend hours reminiscing the clean safe area I use to dedicate my summers to. Environmental impact is something personal to all of us. It effects our quality of life, the air we breath, the water we drink from.Simple things such as shutting the lights off and choosing to recycle instead of just tossing away your plastic bottles and coke cans. Even taking the small step of joining your school environmental club can make a big impact. We challenge you to take that next small step. We must take the necessary steps to protect what we hold dear to us so we can preserve it for the people who will come after.