No more than two burgers per week to limit global warming to +1.5°C by 2030

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    While COP27, which is due to take place in Egypt from November 6, will assess ways to make Africa less vulnerable to climate change, a report by an American think tank (World Resources Institute) warns of the slow actions to be taken to hope to reach a warming limit of 1.5°C by 2030. Among the many avenues, the think tank advises switching five times faster to a healthier diet consisting of a maximum of two burgers per week.

    Unfortunately, we did not wait for the terrible fires that ravaged the Gironde this summer to understand the urgency of acting to limit the effects of global warming. While in the 90s, people were already calling for small daily gestures such as turning off the tap when brushing their teeth or sorting their waste in an attempt to reduce the carbon footprint of their daily consumption, many consumers who have integrated into these habits are now wondering how they can participate in the success of the Paris Agreement, which plans to limit global warming to +1.5°C by 2030.

    In a report published on October 26, the World Resources Institute, which has set itself the task of offering concrete examples of how to combine environmental protection and economic development, indicates that it is necessary to change one’s eating habits five times faster and to prefer healthy and sustainable food. In this case, the American think tank close to the Democratic Party points the finger at the consumption of burgers, not of course for their composition of bread and vegetables but for the presence of meat. The consumption of ruminant meat must be equal to two burgers per week and per inhabitant, according to this think tank which is made up of scientists and economists.

    While ecological guilt has long been placed on the shoulders of citizens, the lines of thought in this report show how many actions must be undertaken by public authorities as well as large companies to quickly initiate change. The case is very pragmatic: you have to “phase out public funding of fossil fuels five times faster, equivalent to reducing subsidies by an average of $69 billion per year“. With this in mind, 925 medium-sized coal-fired power plants are expected to be taken out of service each year.

    To accelerate and hope to achieve the objective of the Paris Agreement, efforts must also be made with regard to the train and the metros, with a development six times faster of the public transport networks in the cities with the highest emissions of the world. To build this report, the World Resources Institute studied forty indicators on which we could potentially make efforts. This concerns, for example, deforestation. For example, the process should be stopped on an area equivalent to all arable land in Switzerland each year.

    It is all the more urgent to implement these avenues supported by the report since the think tank assesses that none of the indicators analyzed have the possibility of meeting their objectives by 2030 if we continue to this rhythm.

    NO to diets, YES to WW!

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