Avoiding Meat & Dairy Is the Single Biggest Way You Can Stop Contributing to Climate Change A major new Science report reveals that more than 80% of farmland is used for livestock while producing just 18% of our food calories and 37% of our protein. It’s an inefficient way to feed ourselves — and a huge pollutant. For every 100 grams of beef we raise, we generate 105 kilos of greenhouse gases. Our planet’s annual beef production is now 330 million metric tons. You do the math. Does this mean we all have to go vegan overnight? No. But we can easily reduce our meat consumption.
Take Non-Stop Flights Whenever Possible As expats, flying is part of our lives, and when we’re able to take a non-stop flight, we achieve an energy savings of 20-50% over connecting flights.
If you can’t find non-stop flights, consider purchasing carbon offsets — which means making a payment that contributes toward the reduction of carbon elsewhere, for instance by supporting a sustainable energy project. Carbon offset for a flight might be in the $5 to $35 range and can either be purchased through the airline or an independent party such as CarbonFund or TerraPass.
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