Guest Blog: How Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret inspired me to go Vegan
Have you watched Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret? If not, get watching, and share the film with all you know
By Iman Shakeel
The first time I watched it, I was awestruck by the equation of how the food on my platter impacted the destruction of our planet and how the future of the planet hangs on the balance of our eating habits. It is an incredible documentary that spills the truth on everything that goes behind stacks of meat-based products stored in our refrigerators to what the environmentalists do not want us to know about the most destructive industry.
With robust statistics and engaging infographics interspersed across the film, I was astonished to discover how animal agriculture and their rearing heavily impacted the destruction of the earth’s environment resulting in an unsustainable future for generations to come.
Through the film, Kip Andersen takes the bold step of uncovering the concealed truth of the most destructive industry on the planet by talking to world-leading environmentalists and climate advocates about their perspectives on the equation of animal agriculture and climate change. However, what surprised me was that although many organisations did accept the devastating effects of animal consumption on a global scale after being pressed, others refused to disclose their opinion on fear of losing support from the masses or getting involved in an unpleasant conflict with the mass’s government.
The film explains in-depth how animal agriculture is the leading cause of ‘desertification, enormous water consumption, and global pollution’, is responsible for the emission of greenhouse gases than the entire transportation industry, is a significant contributor of rainforest logging, species extinction, water table depletion, soil weathering, and every other factor that leads to environmental degradation. Yet it continues, almost entirely unchallenged!
As someone who relished beef steaks and sausages, meat was an integral part of my menu, and environmental degradation was something I never considered seriously: I loved meat, so why not eat it?
As I continued to watch the documentary, I realised the real, palpable environmental problems that are increasing day by day – frequent droughts, intense climate crisis, severe storms and heat waves – I began to see the sense of urgency in addressing these issues immediately and educating people about it, starting with a change in personal habits first.
One of the most basic steps we can easily implement to protect the environment is switching to an entirely plant-based diet. This simple decision will significantly reduce carbon and methane emissions, water depletion, and environmental deterioration across the globe. All ecological issues like depletion of the ozone layer, greenhouse gas emissions, and groundwater conservation are largely mass-driven. When we reduce our collective consumption of meat, the focus may shift to saving the plant by finding solutions to other hazards that are destroying it.
Cowspiracy is a documentary that will change your perspective forever. I haven’t come across anyone who hasn’t questioned their menu plan or at least turned into a vegetarian after watching this documentary, myself included.
For those of you who haven’t watched this film yet, it’s worth the time — an eye-opener that will motivate you to create awareness about environmental protection.
Remember: Every giant leap begins with a small step forward.
By Iman Shakeel