Friday, April 4, 2008

The AR movement must tackle global Warming

The Animal Rights Movement must tackle Global Warming

At this stage of the Animal Rights movement, the subject of global warming is by and large considered irrelevant, and thus ignored. This has to change, immediately or sooner...Why?

The obvious initial answer is that the animal industry generates more greenhouse gasses than the transportation system.

A meat-eater riding a bicycle generates more GHGs than a vegan driving a Hummer. So, yes, veganism definitely is a solution.

But even if all 6 billion humans on Earth suddenly become vegans tomorrow, there is still a greater problem requiring an even great solution - stopping GHG release from all sources altogether in record time, failing which a full-blown and unstoppable 6th Mass Extinction will descend upon the Earth.

The 6th Mass Extinction is not a theory. It is a fact. Its early stages are already unfolding all over the world as we speak. And it is anthropogenic – i.e. of human cause (see

Every day, we are exterminating dozens of known species, and an unknown number of unknown species – directly by hunting and habitat destruction, and indirectly by global warming - and this extinction rate is escalating. (see

The magnificent Amazon rainforest seems destined to annihilation - become scrubland at best, a savannah if even drier, and a desert at worse - 5 million species right there. (see

A medium case scenario presented by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) projects a temperature rise of 3 degrees Celsius and a "moderate" reduction of 30% of Earth’s biodiversity (currently totaling about 20 million species) by 2100. As early as 2007, however, the Arctic-meltdown and Amazon-drought combination exceeded IPCC’s worst case scenario by 300%. How much more of the worst case scenario can we exceed given a whole century of continued human selfishness, shortsightedness and stupidity? (see ).

Our business-as-usual, economy-over-ecology way of dealing with global warming (see'_energy.htm) points at a global temperature rise in excess of the “6-degrees-Celsius/10-degrees-Fahrenheit” threshold where over 90% of all Earth’s species would go extinct, possibly including our own.

And we haven't even calculated the impact of the most dangerous substance on Earth - methane clathrate (methan hydrate), currently in solid form in the permafrost and under the sea. But the ocean is warming and the permafrost is melting. The methane being released is >20 time more powerful as a GHG than carbon dioxide. More methane in the atmosphere, more intense global warming, more methane released... Such a positive feedback loop will drive global warming into unstoppable and merciless runaway global heating.

The point to be made here is that the activities of our species are dooming millions of species of animals and plants to extinction. No crime perpetrated by us throughout our blood-soaked history, against humanity or against nature, can be greater than this.

Since it is already happening, it is our responsibility to do all we can to minimize the carnage as soon as possible.

We have no right to destroy in a century what took millions of years to evolve. In other words, we have no right to categorically eradicate God’s creation. And the animals, whose rights we champion, have every right to live, and live in harmony with an unpolluted environment.

If the Animal Rights movement does not rise in defense of these otherwise doomed species, including all mammals and birds, what will?


I will not bore you with small talk about changing light bulbs and insulating houses. There will be no light bulbs to change and no houses to insulate within a century unless we shut down the most gargantuan monstrosity our species has ever created - the hideous and damned Alberta Tar Sands.

Within 3 years.

This is more than a David-v-Goliath contest, but one akin to mouse-v-dinosaur. Even members of Mission Impossible say, “Impossible”. But I think otherwise. I will not bore you with more words here. Please see the Tar Sands for yourselves, for now. (see ) The solution will come shortly. Meanwhile, just bear in mind, between the mouse and the dinosaur, which is still alive today?

Anthony Marr, founder
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)

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