It was dramatic and emotional (for me) to see Lily Tomlin arrested on the steps of the United States Capitol. I’ve been a fan of her work for a big part of my life, and I applaud her taking a stand against fossil fuels and policies that don’t mitigate climate change. I wish she didn’t have to.
I have found the events to be educational and a useful platform to bring more people into understanding climate change.
My comment on impact of dietary choices
Overall I appreciated the accuracy of the information and resources provided. For more about what’s happening in the Amazon, a few resources:
- I reviewed this report from @AmazonWatch (See: AMAZON WATCH » Complicity in Destruction II). It gives an overview of the commodities involved in Amazon forest destruction. As the report states, it’s not clear where the soy grown there actually goes, it appears most of it goes to China.
- This interview: See: Amazon Besieged: Q & A with author and reporter Sue Branford – Regenetarianism (formerly L.A. Chefs Column)
While there were several calls for attendees to go vegan at the event, Jane Fonda was more moderate in suggesting eating less meat, with the understanding that going vegan is not an option for most people (as the data shows). This image helps tell a story about the many ways people can reduce their carbon footprint.
At one point in the program, an attendee yelled “eat less meat,” which was echoed by others with “and less soy.”
When it comes to diet, a blanket pronouncement that all humans should be vegan is not consistent with the recommendations of many climate scientists, and there’s copious data that this is not the dominant way a person can reduce their footprint. I reviewed mine recently, with detail about its calculation: (Calculating carbon footprint as a non-diabetic physician on an LCHF diet)
It’s important to review all sources of carbon emissions in one’s life, as well as matching to choices that maximize personal health and planetary health. We can’t be healthy humans on a sick planet, or sick humans on a healthy one.
This commodity was also discussed at the event. Looking at its roots in our food supply also tells an important story, this from 1994:
The (Unilever) project, for reasons Van Duijn canâ€™t explain, was called â€œPaddingtonâ€. First, he needed to figure out what could replace trans fat while maintaining its favourable properties, such as remaining solid at room temperature â€“ a necessity for inexpensive butter substitutes as well as manufactured goods such as cookies. In the end, there was only one choice: oil from the oil palm tree â€“ either palm oil (extracted from the fruit) or palm kernel oil (from the seed). No other oil could be refined to the consistency needed for Unileverâ€™s various margarine blends and baked goods without producing trans fat. It was the only alternative to partially hydrogenated oilsSee: How the world got hooked on palm oil | News | The Guardian
And indeed, most of the saturated fat in the Standard American Diet (SAD) comes from processed foods. A move to this plant-based oil, as well as soy for protein has unintended consequences…
This a climate emergency and now is a time to learn, be present, and focus on data, over dogma. More photos below, all @CreativeCommons licensed, enjoy.