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step away from the world of subliminal impression
retreat to the shelter of the trees
that only advertise the oxygen you breathe
with ease this beauty is created
and gives you life for free
invaluable – g.c.

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Climate Change

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Earth’s climate is in a constant state of change. Day to day we witness the weather change, but rarely notice the long term changes of our climate that are taking place. The climate is what the weather is like overall in a certain area. Climate change can have different effects on the environment and the way we live. Some of these effects may be negative. Different factors affect how the climate changes. The most important factor to consider is the one we have the most control over, which is ourselves.

What may seem like simple choices that humans make can have very large consequences for the climate and environment. For example, it seems the obvious choice for transportation for most people is to drive a car, or ride the bus or a subway, rather than take the time to walk or ride a bike, however, it appears that this can contribute to climate change. It does so by releasing CO2, a greenhouse gas, into the air. Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere cause the earth to retain heat. An excess in greenhouse gases can cause the earth to trap too much heat, changing the climate to be too warm. However, this is not the only affect human’s have on the climate. Our diet has a large impact as well. Animal agriculture appears to be the leading cause of climate change:

  • Farm animals release methane gas, which is twenty times stronger than carbon dioxide at trapping methane gas in our atmosphere.
  • Animal agriculture accounts for 65% of nitrous oxide emissions which is three hundred times stronger than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere

 Humans can also alter the climate through deforestation and growing large amounts of crops for long periods of time. Without trees and other plants to absorb the CO2 in the atmosphere this leads to a concentration of greenhouse gases, shifting the climate to be warmer in that area. Connections have also been found between deforestation and drought, since clouds require moisture and forests store moisture that, when evaporated, aids in the formation of clouds.  Another deliberate human effect is solar radiation management, which is an attempt to “cool” the planet. Different methods are used to reflect sunlight and reduce the amount of C02 in the air. Some examples of this are using plastic polymers to pull gas from the air and stratospheric sulfate aerosols to reflect sunlight. These methods meant to aid in maintaining our planet’s climate seem to be taking a turn for the worst and creating more problems with the climate such as imploding arctic ice and methane eruptions.

It is not only due to humans that the climate changes. Earth’s climate has always shifted over the course of it’s lifetime. For example, it was once covered with ice. This is due to natural events that have taken place. An example of a natural event that could shift earth’s climate is a volcanic eruption. The dust and ash from these eruptions reflect solar radiation, which cools the earth. This also changes the land that surrounds where the eruption occurred including the soil and plant growth, which  also affects the climate of an area. Another common thing that affects climate is water vapor,  an abundant greenhouse gas, in the Earth’s atmosphere. Water vapor works with temperature basically in a cycle. An increase in temperature triggers an increase in water vapor, and when there is more water vapor the air in turn is warmer. When water vapor concentration increases, it condenses into clouds, which reflects solar radiation, helping to cool the planet. Water vapor and volcanic eruption are only a couple, amongst many, nonhuman factors that help shift climate. Both of these factors contribute to the cooling of the planet. It is important to have knowledge of earth’s ever-changing climate, because it is going to affect us in the long run.

To reduce the negative impacts of climate change, we may begin to create and drive more fuel efficient eco-friendly cars or seek other modes of transportation. We may also incorporate things into ours household that are eco-friendly, such as solar panels and fluorescent light bulbs. Industries can begin to use renewable energy sources such as wind energy. Another, more obvious but important way we can help earth’s climate is to recycle. Double checking to see what is recyclable and taking the extra time to do so can really help. But, something that is essential to preserving our environment and controlling the climate, is to change the way we view food and how we eat. It is important for us as well, so we may fully function and contribute to society to take care of ourselves. What we put into our bodies ultimately affects every aspect of our lives. This is our vessel for getting around and we must not take that for granted. We must not take our environment for granted as well. Lastly, we may petition and protest against geoengineering and deforestation, so that the planet may naturally resolve its issues, without human interference. Here is more on the corrupt science behind geoengineering programs:

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the lines carved into my palms imitate the lines of the water
seen within the reflection of the sunlight
connected to a source
pure life
i don’t know where this image is being projected from
all i know is the gratitude that fills my heart because i get to witness this movie with my eyes
and feel the pressure being carried down through the sky
to cool the earth and keep me alive

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the barometer dropped
a true storm was coming
rebellion struck as passion began to ignite in every earthly soul
the air clear of agents not attuned to our biology
lungs filled purely on the prana that was meant to be there
no manipulation in the sky
just conscious creatures in the night
in balance with the cosmic sky
leaving behind lies
that once trailed them and forced them in a direction where there was nothing but chemically created illusion to meet the eye

 

– g.c.

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the sky so blue,

even cobwebs too,

these things so mysteriously perfect,

remind me that earth is worth it

 

we do not need to question it,

and see what we can get from it,

we just need to love and sit in awe

of the beauty we are apart of,

 

we too have the ability to create art ,

just as our earth continues to,

when new flowers bloom,

and green grass catches dew

 

– g.c.

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the wind sweeps over you
taking your worries with you
whispering to you
that your troubles have no reason to remain
the sun kisses your skin
healing all that is within
the high you feel
just to breathe in something so real
so authentic
nothing can replace it
the joy of being
all that i am seeing
is being
stillness
movement
life
the quiet and simple noises
take away the shouting voices
until responsibility calls me away
the beauty leaves me with nothing to say
just asking me to lie with it all day
be apart of the universe
there is nothing worse
than to get caught up in the cycle of doing
forgetting the beauty of the moment
but here in this place
happiness is not far from your reach
lying here so long the sun has turned me peach
it feels as if i’ll never leave
but when I do
an inner peace will be taken too
and for the last time I watch the trees sway
i cannot stay
so i go inside
something has changed
my soul can no longer hide

outside – g.c.

Veganism, An Explanation Part 2

In Part 1, of my explanation of why I am vegan, I discussed my personal journey to be coming vegan and also, the health reasons of why one should become vegan.

In Part 2, I will discuss the environmental and ethical reasons. Also, I am a lot more brief in this post, than in Part 1, which contains most of the information I have given on veganism.

So, let’s start off with the environment…

The affects of animal agriculture on the environment:

Animal agriculture is the leading cause of climate change. Here’s why:

  • Farm animals release methane gas, which is twenty times stronger than carbon dioxide at trapping methane gas in our atmosphere.
  • Animal agriculture accounts for 65% of nitrous oxide emissions which is three hundred times stronger than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere

A few more facts (these are not all the affects, but just to list a few):

  • One tenth of the water on this planet is polluted  by animal agriculture, making the land it sits on uninhabitable (destroying entire ecosystems).
  • Millions of acres of rainforest and even forests in the U.S., are destroyed in order to grow crops to feed factory farm animals. (Yes, soy and grain that humans eat come from deforested land, however, we would not need as much land for these crops, if we were not mass producing and feeding billions of animals just to be food.)
  • It takes 2,400 gallons of water (50 full bathtubs) to produce one pound of meat.

I find it odd that we use all this land to grow crops to feed animals, that are born only to then be eaten, yet 795 million people suffer from hunger daily. If we allowed a normal population of farm animals, and stopped mass producing them for food, we could instead, feed these crops to children and families whose stomachs are empty.

“Certain animals are meant for food, others serve us as pets.”

No species is on this planet to serve another species. Animals are sentient beings, meaning we all feel. We all desire to live and we all desire companionship. A mother cow having her baby calf taken away at birth, feels loss and pain. It is her natural instinct to want to care, love, and provide for that baby. We all have these same instincts and emotions. Humans have become disconnected from the world around them, not realizing  or caring, where products come from. We don’t even stop to think that the meat on our plates is flesh, a carcass of a once living being, that was cognizant of its demise. These beings, lived a life only knowing endless slaughter and prolonged emotional and physical pain.

Industries materialize living beings and buying these products will keep these industries afloat.

What about free range and organic?

Organic or not, animal products are just not meant for your bodyand are not the best for you.

And, free range?  

This is the difference between caged chickens and free range:

I would not consider being crammed into a room, without sufficient amount of space to move, freedom. I am not going to go into the details about the cruel methods and conditions of factory farming right now. The point is, we are taking away the animals ability to be as they are. I know people will tell me”But, its tradition, or what people are used to”. Just because something is tradition, does not make it moral, or right. Slavery was,  and is to some still a tradition, but it is clearly immoral. We are enslaving animals. We materialize living souls, slaughter them, then package their dead bodies and put them on shelves to be bought. There are over seven billion people on this planet, currently. Nine billion animals are slaughtered in both the meat and dairy industry each year. Let that sink in. It gives my body chills to think that all these animals can  be mass produced, and then wiped out without anyone blinking an eye, without anyone noticing. For whatever reason humans like to feel superior, they crave power, and whenever possible, exert it over another. In this world, money is  power, so getting rid of these industries, would take a widespread awakening. It would also require a whole lot of, uh oh, change. I know, scary, right? Change is difficult. Getting rid of these industries would also take away jobs and would kill a large money making industry. It’s big business, that is why their isn’t an abundance of knowledge of the effects these products have on your health. Another thing, people would have to change their eating habits, and although we don’t like to admit it, we get addicted to certain foods to the point where we crave them.

“Plants have feelings too. If we are going to kill them, we might as well kill animals too.”

No. No, they don’t. Plants don’t even possess nervous systems to feel pain, and they also don’t have brains. Humans eating plants benefits our ecosystems and actually spreads plant growth through germination. Destroying tons of extra land to grow crops for animal agriculture does not.

Here is another video. This documentary does not sugar coat. It can be graphic. Naturally, it is quite disturbing. It will take away the ability to ignore the truth, and the truth that you see you won’t be able to forget. It is a harsh reality check. I am not asking you to watch this to torture yourself. You obviously don’t have to watch it, and the only reason people chose to watch it, is to become self aware and educated of the cruelty. It reassures you of your  decision to become vegan and serves as a reminder. It is also motivating and drives you to spread love and end suffering. Often where motivation is lacking, is where ignorance remains.

Documentary: Earthlings