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10 November 2010 Issue

1. Upcoming Activist Opportunities

2. Essay: Animal Agriculture and Global Warming, Cont.

3. The Next Issue of The Peaceable Table Is Now Online

4. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman


1. Upcoming Activist Opportunities
 

11/18 TX College Station TobyMac & Skillet

11/18-20 FL Tampa Joyce Meyers Ministry Conference

11/19 TX Cypress TobyMac & Skillet Christian Rock Concert

11/19 FL Orlando Seventh Day Slumber Christian Rock Concert

11/19-20 CT Hartford Women of Faith Conference

11/19-22 TN Nashville National Youth Workers Convention

11/20 FL Wauchula Seventh Day Slumber Christian Rock Concert

11/20 GA Macon Extraordinary Women Conference

11/21 MS Biloxi Winter Wonder Slam Tobymac & Skillet

11/22-23 MS Tupelo Extraordinary Women Conference

12/3 OH Cincinnati Family Force 5 The Christmas Pageant

12/4 WI Madison Family Force 5 The Christmas Pageant

12/4 LA Lafayette Surgefest Christian Rock Festival

12/4 LA Lafayette Seventh Day Slumber Christian Rock Concert

12/5 NB Omaha Family Force 5 The Christmas Pageant

12/7 CO Colorado Springs Family Force 5 The Christmas Pageant

12/8 WV Keyser Seventh Day Slumber Christian Rock Concert

12/9 CA Anaheim Family Force 5 The Christmas Pageant

12/9-10 FL Coral Gables Benny Hinn Miracle Crusade

12/10 CA Sacramento Family Force 5 The Christmas Pageant

12/11 CA FRESNO Family Force 5 The Christmas Pageant

12/13 UT Salt Lake City Family Force 5 The Christmas Pageant

12/14 NV Las Vegas Family Force 5 The Christmas Pageant

12/15 AZ Phoenix Family Force 5 The Christmas Pageant

12/16 NM Albuquerque Family Force 5 The Christmas Pageant

12/18 TX San Antonio Family Force 5 The Christmas Pageant 

Contact Paris at [email protected]  if you can to help. To find out about all upcoming leafleting and tabling opportunities in your area, join the CVA Calendar Group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/christian_vegetarian/  


2. Essay: Animal Agriculture and Global Warming, Cont.

Three weeks ago I wrote an essay about global warming. I noted that, if we are to take seriously our calling to be good stewards of God’s Creation, we must address this growing crisis. Since that time, I was contacted by Jeff Anhang, a co-author of the article Livestock and Climate Change published by WorldWatch in Nov/Dec 2009 (1), which concluded that animal agriculture contributes 51% of man-made greenhouse gasses. His comments, and the articles to which he kindly referred me, offered some further insights that I’d like to share.

Greenhouse gasses remain in the atmosphere for many years, particularly CO2, which has a half-life of at least 100 years. These gasses generate positive-feedback loops, such as the one I discussed three weeks ago, in which global warming melts sea ice, exposing waters that absorb the sun’s radiated heat much more efficiently than ice. Most climatologists agree that humanity must substantially curb greenhouse gas emissions within the next few years in order to prevent runaway global warming, which would be catastrophic for humanity and many of the world’s creatures.

Many people favor moving toward sources of energy that do not require CO2-emitting fossil fuels, such as solar energy and wind power. However, these technologies will require huge investments and require decades to implement on a massive scale. Meanwhile, moving toward a plant-based diet is quick and easy, and it can have at least as great an impact on global warming as a shift to alternative energy sources. Gooding and Anhang’s analysis(1) indicates that a 1% reduction in worldwide meat consumption would prevent global warming to the same degree as the investment of $3 trillion in solar energy.

Those hoping to consume animal products in an environmentally responsible manner might find this impossible. Only about 8% of animal flesh is produced from pasture-raised animals, and there is little land available to increase this amount without deforestation. Raising cows on pastures tends to result in less CO2 emissions, but the cows have as much as three times more methane emissions, and methane is a far more potent greenhouse gas than CO2. Finally, most pasture-raised animals spend the final parts of their lives in feedlots, and the grains used to feed the cows contribute heavily to atmospheric CO2 levels.

Many think that eating certain kinds of flesh, such as chicken, will reduce their greenhouse footprints. However, nearly all animals produce the same amount of CO2 per pound of body mass, so the contribution to global warming of animal respiration – a leading cause of global warming from animal agriculture – is roughly the same for all farmed animals.(2) Therefore, if humanity wants to avoid ecological catastrophe, rapidly moving toward a plant-based diet is a necessary, though perhaps not sufficient, change.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.


3. The Next Issue of The Peaceable Table Is Now Online

Contents Include:

* This month's Editorial, by philosopher-theologian Jay McDaniel, speaks of the importance of balancing our active intentions to save the animals and the planet with a stance of listening to them, as God listens.

* One of the Unset Gems is taken from a bumper sticker reminding viewers that "God's original plan" has to do with "a couple of naked vegetarians."

* Ethologist Jonathan Balcombe shows and explains, in a short film cited in a NewsNote, why chickens aren't the "birdbrains" people like to think.

* The November Glimpse of the Peaceable Kingdom shows a lion hug between activist Ana Julia Torres and a big cat she rescued.

* A high point of your Thanksgiving feast can be this tasty Pumpkin Pie from the Recipe section.

* In My Pilgrimage, activist Lesa Miller tells of her life-changing awakening, at a conference, to the animal concern.

This month let us all give thanks not only for the wonderful bounty on our tables, but for the Divine goodness in opening our eyes and hearts to that Presence in all beings, even "the least of these."

To read this issue, go to http://www.vegetarianfriends.net/issue71.html  

Gracia Fay Ellwood,
Editor


4. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

Daniel, God’s Man in the Field (Part XVI)
http://www.all-creatures.org/sermons97/s22oct89.html .

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