Opinion: Addressing climate change by going vegan

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For the millions of environmentalists and scientists in the U.S. and abroad up in arms over the Trump administration's withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, I have one simple question, "have you and your family adopted a vegan diet?"

If the answer is no, then all your hand-wringing over climate change is hypocritical.

Livestock and their byproducts are responsible for 51 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions. Animal agriculture is a leading cause of almost every environmental problem. Don't just rail about policy issues beyond your control. Take action by controlling what you can, the environmental footprint of your diet.

If just a simple majority in the the Paris agreement signatory nations removed animal products from their diets, we would be well on the way to reversing rising temperatures without one single advancement in energy technology. If you're serious, if you really care, you'll go vegan.

Please watch the internationally acclaimed documentary "Cowspiracy."

– Dick Stokes lives in Gainsville, Florida.

Correction: This letter was erroneously attributed to Ellen Brodsky, who submitted it to The Taos News

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barley donahue

Ellen,

I couldn't agree more. However, even reducing eating meat and dairy products helps. the environment, your health and most importantly the animals. Cowspiracy is on Netflix as well as the movie What The Health.

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barley donahue

I agree. Simply skipping meat and daily for meals helps a lot too.

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