Climate change and global warming are phrases that are (literally) a hot topic that everyone has heard of at some point in their lives. The environment is changing because of humans – this is a proven fact. But how we impact the environment is what we need to focus on and learn. The media does not show what is happening to the environment but more importantly why these things are happening.
Animal agriculture is responsible for 18% of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere; this is more than the exhaust from all transportation combined (13% of greenhouse gasses emitted into the atmosphere). Livestock and their byproducts are the source for 51% of all greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. These numbers are projected to increase over the next few decades at an alarming rate. This is just an example of the negative side effects that animal agriculture has on our environment (a comprehensive list can be found here)
These are statistics and facts that are not widely known around the world. Companies like McDonald’s play a huge role in animal agriculture to serve their Big Macs to every customer. Through McDonald’s media usage, most people do not know what goes on behind the doors and out on the farmlands. If people knew what happened to chicks in the farms in India, then less people would eat chicken they way that they do. Companies like McDonald’s control the media to cover the darker sides of the industry from the public.
It is easy to fall into the system of media by listening to what companies put out into the world to make themselves look better than they are. Today we need to become cognizant of the footprint that we are leaving of this planet and it may not be what we think it is. We will have to begin to look further into everything, including our environmental impact and companies’ footprints, rather than just taking what we are presented by the media; it’s not always what it seems to be on the surface.