Yesterday, we received the most extensive warning yet on the risks of rising global temperatures. But, there are steps we can take to reduce our contribution, and eating less meat and dairy is the cheapest and easiest way to play our part.
The new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report warns that the world has already passed one degree of warming as carbon emissions have grown massively alongside industrialisation and a growing population. The report sets out that the world is now completely off track, heading instead towards 3°C.
The study says that going past 1.5°C is dicing with the planet's liveability. We can stay below it - but it will require urgent, large-scale changes from governments and individuals.
In the UK we eat a lot of meat and dairy, with consumption nearly 2 times the global average.
14.5% of global climate changing gases are due to meat and dairy production (more than all forms of transport).
The IPCC report is clear that action is needed now, on a global, Government and individual scale. One thing we can do to affect change is reduce our meat and dairy consumption.
Eating Better is calling for a reduction in meat and dairy consumption of 50% by 2030 in high consuming countries including the UK.