The links between animal protection, climate change and biodiversity loss are clearer than ever but still quite complex as it is built on an interconnectivity that our entire planet needs to not only survice and thrive. But today this interconnectivity is broken, and we need to fix it to solve the climate crisis and biodiversity collapse, and a lost key to a sustainable ecosystem is the welfare of the natural world and our animals.
Here are a few examples on what the current, status quo, in animal protection and welfare does:
- Human livestock use 50% of global land area: more GHG emissions than the automotive industry
- 73% of all deforestation derives from intensive farming: species disappear rapidly
- Since 1970, Earth has lost a whopping 49 percent of global marine animal species
- Unethical animal supply chains creates 14,5% of global GHG emission
- All modern pandemics have been zoonoses: diseases jumping from non-humans to humans
- 790 to 2,300 billion *sea living animals are killed yearly for food and 1 billion/yearly by plastic pollution
**Estimating the number of fish killed every day for food is especially difficult, as they are most commonly counted by weight instead of as individuals.
No one the above is news, it is is not facts that was visible the first time in 2022, yet the actions are slow. Now is the time to let our actions speak louder than our words.
For example did you know that the African forest elephant is remarkably efficient at storing carbon?
According to BBC Future planet, "One forest elephant can stimulate a net increase in carbon capture in rainforests of 9,500 metric tonnes of CO2 per sq km. This is equivalent to emissions from driving 2,047 petrol cars for one year".
It´s important to let the natural world breathe and simply work at its natural pace. So many natural solutions are already in place when it comes to restoring biodiversity and climate, we just have to give it room and trust how animals with good quality of life can improve both climate and biodiversity.
The effects of improving global animal protection, on both domestic and wild habitants, will have enormous positive effects on all the above facts. It will be less consumption of animals, less deforestation, less GHG emissions. We will have a Home Planet where animals, humans and nature can thrive, an economy can grow on solid ground and for our grand-children we will leave a planet that functions, for many generations to come.