Shifting to a low carbon diet can improve your health and help limit the effects of climate change for everyone.
Emissions from agriculture contribute substantially to climate change both globally and in Australia. Livestock such as cattle and sheep are currently the largest single source of methane—a potent greenhouse gas. At present, livestock contribute around 70 per cent of Australia’s methane emissions and about 12 per cent of the country’s carbon pollution overall.
Meat consumption is a driver for emissions growth and also contributes to diseases such as ischaemic heart disease, obesity, and bowel cancers. A study in The Lancet found that reducing animal product consumption by 30% would lead to a 15% reduction in the burden of ischaemic heart disease.
One major pathway to improving health and reducing emissions is through changes in our Australian diet.
Moderate consumption of meat and dairy products will lower the incidence of obesity, ischaemic heart disease and stroke, while cutting consumption of processed meat will reduce the incidence of bowel cancers.
There are no regret actions Australian can take to create positive impacts in our food systems, smart organisations like ClimateWorks and CSIRO are working on this right now. Making these big changes will take a while. Luckily, the choices that we make every day can have a big impact, try a veggie burger today!
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To get involved in Climate and Health, visit the Climate and Health Alliance.