27 May 2011 Going Meatless for Mammals Posted by: Caitlin Leutwiler | 1 comment | Share: Not to be outdone by our other video submission, this Red Hot and Green features a submission by yours truly! My friend John and I are going meatless for marmots and manatees! Livestock farming generates 18% of the planet’s greenhouse gas emissions (compared to only 13% for all of the world’s cars, trains, planes and boats combined!) so eating less meat can make a big difference in an individual’s carbon footprint. And emissions aren’t the only way farm animals contribute to climate change- much of livestock’s contribution to a warming world comes from deforestation, as the growing demand for meat results in trees being cut down to make space for pasture or farmland to grow animal feed. Photo courtesy Jim Reid/USFWS Marmots and manatees may be two very different animals, but they’ve got one thing in common: their survival is being threatened by climate change. Alaska marmots live at ground zero for climate change impacts. Because of the small window hibernation allows for feeding and breeding, and its dependence on sensitive alpine tundra, shifting temperatures pose a great risk to the large rodent. At the opposite end of the states – water-dwelling manatees are in trouble as well. Higher water temperatures along the Gulf Coast has lead to an increase in toxic algae blooms, such as the red tide that killed more than 150 manatees in 1996. Climate change also raises the odds against these already endangered creatures by increasing the likelihood of larger and more frequent hurricanes. Even if you don’t decide to go completely vegetarian like John and me, just forgoing meat a few times a week (Meatless Mondays, anyone?) can make a big difference in reducing emission and protecting important habitat! What are the other ways you’re working to fight the climate change that threatens our wildlife and natural places? We want to know! Read these simple instructions and tell us what YOU’RE doing to protect wildlife from the harmful effects of climate change. One Response to “Going Meatless for Mammals” Sarah May 28th, 2011 I think eating less meat or going completely meatless is a great idea, especially for us animal lovers. It does not only help with climate change but also saves animals lives. Thinks all the chicken, beef, trukey, pork, etc we eat on a weekly basis adds up in pounds so in reality by the end of one month we basically eat a whole pig or cow, and definatly chickens and trukeys!! I’m going meatless to save the livestock as an animal lover and to help the planet. Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in California prepares to welcome wolves home, but delays on providing state protections Now, as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to remove Endangered Species Act protection for wolves throughout most of the rest of the country, gray wolves are once again at risk. Delisting would short-circuit wolf recovery in the Pacific West and would effectively mean giving up on one of our country’s most important and iconic species. Fortunately, California has an opportunity to play a meaningful role in helping the gray wolf continue to recover in the coming months and years. I Was There It was a bitterly cold winter morning when the convoy departed down the remote Forest Service road near Salmon, Idaho. Decades after scientists first called for the restoration of wolves in the region, the first four wolves arrived in Idaho on January 14, 1995, thanks to the Endangered Species Act… Victory for Wild Bison in Montana! In a decision that the uninitiated would argue is a painful exercise in stating the obvious, a Montana court last week determined that the wild bison of Yellowstone, an animal that has roamed the continent for millennia, are indeed wild animals.