As the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change explains, it is unequivocal that human influence has warmed the atmosphere. Global surface temperature will continue to increase until at least 2050. Global warming of 1.5°C and 2°C will be exceeded during this century unless deep reductions in carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions occur in the coming decades.
Averting a climate catastrophe is the ultimate team effort. Every one of us has to ask ourselves: What is my own contribution going to be?
Apart from having fewer children, there are three main things we can do to combat climate change: eat fewer animal products, fly less frequently and invest our money in a sustainable way. If we all did just one of those things we could make a real difference.
In March last year I decided I would gradually try to give up meat. For a confirmed carnivore me, it was quite a challenge. I hope my latest article for RockWealth will encourage others to give it a try.
If you had told me 18 months that, by now, I would be well on the road to becoming a vegan I would never have believed you. But that’s precisely what’s happened — I’m probably 80% of the way there — and I have to say I’m feeling healthier and happier for it.
Don’t worry, I’m not going to proselytise. What we choose to eat is, and always should be, a personal decision. This whole issue is a complex one, and everyone’s entitled to their own opinion. But I’m going to explain why I made the decision I did, and tell you how it’s gone. Why? Because, in my view, this is such a critical issue that everyone needs to stop and think about it.
This particular article was commissioned by RockWealth Brighton. Based in Brighton itself, the firm serves clients across both East and West Sussex as well as in London. It’s run by Steven Williams, a first-rate financial planner — and committed vegan!
ROBIN POWELL is the founding editor of The Evidence-Based Investor. He works as a journalist and consultant specialising in finance and investing, and as a campaigner for a fairer, more transparent asset management industry. You can find him here on LinkedIn and Twitter.
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