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Achieving environmental liberation through animal liberation by Adam Cardilini

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Talk audio: https://archive.org/details/ELandAL

Wild mammals make up 4% of the biomass of global mammal populations, while humans make up 36% and farmed mammals make up 60%. Similarly, farmed chickens make up 70% of the biomass of global bird populations. To sustain these huge farmed animal populations we use vasts amounts of land, resources and produce significant amounts of greenhouse gas emissions. Our use of non-human animals is significantly impacting the global environment and is a leading cause of environmental destruction. By ending our oppression of farmed animals we can reclaim land for rewilding and significantly reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. To achieve environmental liberation we must understand the link between animal oppression and environmental destruction. Ignoring the oppression of animals comes at the expense of the environment.

This workshop will describe the link between animal and environmental oppression. Participants will discuss why animal oppression is often ignored in the environmental movement and identify ways forward.

Recorded at the Students of Sustainability 2018 conference: http://www.studentsofsustainability.org/

Published in: Environment
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Achieving environmental liberation through animal liberation by Adam Cardilini

  1. 1. Achieving Environmental Liberation Through Animal Liberation. Adam Cardilini & Nick Pendergrast
  2. 2. It’s an EMERGENCY!
  3. 3. Anthropocene - the geological period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment. The Anthropocene is led by animal domination Created by: Cow – Anna Bearne, Human – Arlem Kovyazin, Kangaroo – See Link, Chicken – Symbolon, Cockatoo – Saeful Muslim. 60% 36% 4% 70% 30% Yinon etal 2018
  4. 4. How does animal ‘use’ impact the environment?
  5. 5. ExtinctionBiodiversity Loss Population Dynamics Ecosystem Dynamics Range Shifts Life HistoryEcosystem Collapse Habitat Degradation Climate Change Non-human/Human ConflictGreen House Gas Emissions Land Clearing Land Degradation Species IntroductionsLand Use Change Pollution Land Clearing Deforestation Resource Use Animal Use Domination Attitudes Land Use Water Use Minerals Use (e.g. coal) Animal Agriculture Hunting Attitude Behaviours Human Processes Environmental Processes Impacts Conservation Attitudes Individual ExploitationDeath
  6. 6. Variations to oppression (aka ‘farming’)
  7. 7. Off-Land Transport Slaughter & Processing Refrigeration Waste
  8. 8. Global Animal Flesh Consumption
  9. 9. Doesn’t growing plant based food have the same environmental impacts?
  10. 10. NOPE! Food Chain Digestible Nutrients Plant-based Foods Animal Flesh Resources ResourcesBy-products
  11. 11. Land Use
  12. 12. Land Use Pastureland 62.7% Cropland Human Crops 15.5% Feed crops 21.8% Where do you get your protein? 1% Land Animal Flesh Cereal Crops 0.56% 5.50% Ruitera etal 2017
  13. 13. Land Use Aleksandrowicz etal 2016
  14. 14. Global Crop Use Cassidy etal 2013 36% cal 12% cal (4.32% cal)
  15. 15. Deforestation 80% Caused by Agriculture Kissinger etal 2012 Erb etal 2016 Vegan Diet < Cropland Animal Flesh 52% > Cropland
  16. 16. Pollution Graphical abstract reproduced from original paper (Nordborg et al 2017).
  17. 17. Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  18. 18. Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  19. 19. Climate Change 47% 90% Pacifici et al 2017
  20. 20. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Springmann etal 2016
  21. 21. • Promotes control over nature. • Ignores the majority of other animals and has an adversarial approach. • Focusses on environmental refuges. • Doesn’t see the removal of animal agriculture as a real solution. Traditional conservation isn’t working
  22. 22. Environmental liberation can only be achieved alongside Animal Liberation
  23. 23. Imagine a future where animals are equals: What are the environmental impacts? How do we get there?

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