This morning, I stumbled onto a two-minute, animated Greenpeace video that perfectly captured what I hoped to communicate in yesterday’s post. Its images and poetry were so powerful they brought me and some of my children to tears.
Journalist Harry Cockburn of Britain’s Independent writes of There’s a Monster in my Kitchen, “The Amazon has seen the worst fire season in a decade – and it has been the worst ever recorded in the world’s largest wetlands.”
In the first 11 months of 2020, a UK-sized area of the Amazon jungle has been cleared, primarily to make room for the meat industry.
The estimates vary, but they’re all frightening: the animal-protein industry is responsible for between 65 and 85 percent of rainforest destruction. Cockburn quotes Greenpeace UK’s Anna Jones:
“This film shows powerfully just why our future depends on eating less meat and dairy. Scientists are telling us that in fewer than 20 years the Amazon could collapse. This is being driven by the actions of industrial-scale meat companies.”
Jones calls on supermarkets and fast-food companies to immediately drop products from “forest destroyers.”I agree – but we can’t wait for the corporate giants and governments to act.
Every single one of us can make a difference today – and, as the video’s narrator tells us, “We do know what to do!”
Replace our meat and dairy products with plant-based options!