Demand to reduce the consumption of livestock!

    Background Information:

    Prevailing weather conditions is only a trailer, Hyderabad is facing harsh summers since 2015 and harsher summers than that in 2019. The average highest temperature in Hyderabad was calculated as 43.7 degrees Celsius in 2019. According to a study published recently by scientists from Pune’s Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology and World Meteorological Organization (Geneva) has warned of rising temperatures across most places in the country. The most significant find for Hyderabad in the study is the increased mean temperature trend during the monsoon, post-monsoon and annual average temperature during 1971 – 2013. The seasonal maximum temperatures too increased during winter, post-monsoon and annually during this period. The hottest day of the year for May 12, with an average high of 45 degree Celsius and low of 27 degree Celsius. With temperatures reaching the sky our city is also dealing with the issue of shift in weather patterns. Hyderabad in the recent past has received 725.4 mm of rainfall, which is 23 percent more than the average and there seems to be no let-up. To add on, Telangana received 4 percent surplus rain in the 2020 monsoon and
    experts say high carbon emissions and its concentration in the atmosphere is triggering all the problems. The issue of climate change has been visible with over 600 sunstroke deaths being reported in the state this year. The heat was preceded by a warmish winter and followed by a sudden drop in temperature due to a depression over the Bay of Bengal that brought rains. While experts said that rainfall patterns too have changed. The livestock sector being one of the major contributors towards climate change. The global livestock industry produces more greenhouse gas emissions than all cars, planes, trains, and ships combined. It requires a significant amount of natural resources and is responsible for about 14.5% of total anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions (7.1 Gigatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents for the year 2005). Meat consumption is on track to rise 75% by 2050 and with the Government taking no specific action toward this issue it becomes your responsibility to curb the production to alter the impacts of climate change. Agriculture in general and livestock production, in particular, contributes to global warming through emissions of methane and nitrous oxide. Methane, mainly produced by enteric fermentation and manure storage, is a gas, which has an effect on global warming 28 times higher than carbon dioxide. Nitrous oxide, arising from manure storage and the use of organic/inorganic fertilizers, is a molecule with a global warming potential 265 times higher than carbon dioxide.Global livestock production has increased substantially since the 1960s. Beef production has more than doubled, while over the same time chicken meat production has increased by a factor of nearly 10, made up of increases in both number of animals and production and is seen by the global temperatures and shifting weather patterns. To control the situation one needs to decrease the consumption of meat and any kind of livestock by 1/3 and then spread awareness about the same. If one person decreases his or her meat consumption by ⅓ per day (If a person eats meat three times a day, then that person should eat meat only once) then the demand and the production of livestock sector will decrease by ⅓ eventually, because when the demand is low the production also jumps down. Overtime, if the word is spread and everyone reduces their consumption by ⅓ a day then city by city, globally we can reduce the greenhouse emission done by the livestock sector by a significant amount, which brings in a positive change in the earth's atmospheric conditions as a huge 14 percent of greenhouse gas emissions is reduced. One by reducing their consumption by ⅓ is immediately helping in decreasing the production and the greenhouse gas emission done by the livestock industry as the customer base is reduced, to maintain the industry the production will have to reduce as well. In the long run, this action will also assist in flourishing animals as they are eaten less, bringing a balance in the ecosystem, and it also gives an opportunity for the industry to develop new technology so that emission levels are reduced.

    Petition statement:
    Pledge to lessen my livestock consumption by ⅓ in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reducing the impact and solving the issue of raising temperatures and changing weather patterns in my city and lowering my contribution towards climate change.
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