Qatar is one of the most polluting countries in the world, according to the UN
A ‘code red for humanity’ – this is what we are facing if humans do not take immediate action according to a major new climate report released by the United Nations (UN) that has rocked governments across the country. whole world.
Human activity is “unequivocally” responsible for climate change and humanity has only a few years left to prevent the planet from warming by 1.5 ° C
The UN has signaled that a global shift to vegan diets is needed to tackle the worst effects of climate change, with animal agriculture alone responsible for nearly a fifth of all greenhouse gas emissions. greenhouse of human origin. Scientists once again concluded: If everyone adopted a plant-based diet, we would save up to 8 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide per year and use 76% less land.
We have the solutions. We have the power to reverse this unprecedented crisis. Why don’t we take this more seriously?
Researchers have found that the global meat and dairy industries are responsible for 60 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. The researchers also found that if the production of meat and dairy products ceased, global agricultural land use would be reduced by 75% and we would not be in the mess we find ourselves in.
A vegan diet is probably the best way to reduce your impact on planet Earth. It is a fact confirmed time and time again.
And if we think it’s someone else’s problem, we need to think again. The report pointed out that, in terms of the most polluting countries per capita (i.e. relative to each person) in 2017 in terms of Co2; the State of Qatar is the most polluting country in the world with 37.05 tonnes. Yes, we have a very small population, and many argue that is why we are considered more polluting per person … but the point is that there are at least 25 other nations that are as developed as we are, and as small. than us in terms of population, and they haven’t made it to the top of the worst polluter list.
We need to change our ways. We have to face the climate crisis. We must do more.
What we are already doing is obviously not enough.
At the United Nations Climate Action Summit 2019, His Highness the Amir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said: “The phenomenon of climate change is undoubtedly one of the great challenges of our time. This is a problem that continues to worsen and causes many problems which are interwoven in their economic, environmental and social dimensions and which have very serious negative repercussions on all forms of life, including human life, and in developed and developing countries alike, in particular in the footsteps of the sustainable development to which all peoples aspire.
As a nation, we should think about what His Majesty the Amir has said more often, not least because Qatar is among the 10 countries that would be most affected by sea level rise in terms of the percentage of area and wetlands affected.
From a government perspective, I think the country has already started to realize the situation we might find ourselves in. In response, in October 2019, Qatar announced the commissioning of a carbon storage plant, the largest of its kind in the region. It aims to capture more than five million tonnes of CO2 per year from Qatar’s LNG industry by 2025. In addition, Qatar Investment Authority is a founding member of the Global Sovereign Wealth Fund “One Planet”, which was created to promote green investments and accelerate efforts. take into account environmental issues in the investment sector and the management of sovereign wealth funds. Zero-emission investments represent 44% of the fund’s infrastructure projects.
This will be of great help in helping to align the nation more with the rest of the world in terms of tackling climate change, and I am grateful that we have strong leadership taking decisive action on climate change … but it is is our way of life as individuals who also have to make the same adaptations. We cannot leave everything to governments, policy makers, leaders.
If you’ve traded in your regular meat and dairy breakfast today for a plant-based breakfast, you are helping to play your part. If you decide Monday is “Meatless Monday,” you are helping to play your part. If you educate your children, talk about plant-based foods, research the benefits for your body, your health and the environment, you are helping to play your part.
We all have a role to play. Each of us.
* The author is an expert in vegan health and wellness. Instagram ID: @ Ghanim92