A report from the UN in June, 2012 has definitively stated that whether we choose to or not eventually we must change our diets and remove meat and dairy from our diets.
There are so many reasons for us to address how we eat, but, this one act will address global warming in significant ways. The planet does have limited resource capabilities and the planet will not sustain the western diet if the entire planet chose to eat in the manner that the US does
We gobble up food that makes us obese and diseased and deprives the rest of the world the food that gluttony needs to maintain its status quo.
Even slowing down meat and dairy consumption can create huge changes in the climate, and, YOUR HEALTH! First of all try 1 meal per week as a plant-based meal. My favorite to suggest is a salad, spaghetti with marinara (sauce without meat), italian bread with a non-dairy spread. So, easy, so healthy and your plate speaks to the world about the choice you have made for one meal.
Here is the article about the UN findings:
UN urges global move to meat and dairy-free diet
Lesser consumption of animal products is necessary to save the world from the worst impacts of climate change, UN report says:
As the global population surges towards a predicted 9.1 billion people by 2050, western tastes for diets rich in meat and dairy products are unsustainable, says the report from United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) international panel of sustainable resource management.
It says: “Impacts from agriculture are expected to increase substantially due to population growth increasing consumption of animal products. Unlike fossil fuels, it is difficult to look for alternatives: people have to eat. A substantial reduction of impacts would only be possible with a substantial worldwide diet change, away from animal products.”