I am reblogging this post below.
More information about the study can be found here: Denying Problems when we Don’t Like the Solution
My Comments on the Post – A global movement towards veganism could help stem rate of the current ecological meltdown, but the train has already left the station. We have to work now to find solutions for the impacts of global warming over the next couple of centuries as well as make the necessary changes to halt further global warming.
The easiest, immediate solution would be for the overwhelming majority of people to switch to a primarily plant-based diet and lifestyle. However, I fear that the very same ‘solution aversion’ principle will apply. What we eat is so much a part of our identity and giving up what people believe they are entitled to as the ‘superior’ species – using animal bodies for their own convenience and preferences – could make them deny a plant-based lifestyle as a solution even in the face of our own extinction.
Humans as a species have some serious ‘kinks’ in our biological brains that may have had evolutionary advantage on the African savannah thousands of years ago, but are no longer beneficial (for ourselves or other life on this planet).
Solution aversion. That’s what Duke University researchers call our society’s collective refusal to address climate change. Their recent study found that people don’t deny a warming earth on scientific grounds — they deny it because they just don’t like the solutions.
But what if the solution to climate change isn’t actually burdensome? What if instead of complicating and disrupting our lives it enriches them and makes us happier and healthier? What if it’s delicious?
We don’t have to relinquish our cars, move to the woods, and get off the grid to conquer climate change. The real solution is simple and easy: eat plants.
Though the figures vary, World Bank scientists have attributed up to 51 percent of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions to the livestock industry. The cows, pigs, chickens and other animals raised for food across the globe — and the industry of which they’re a part — contribute…
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