Push and pull

From the StopGlobalWarming.org e-newsletter (italics mine):

Be a meat reducer

Recently I talked to ex-Beatle Sir Paul McCartney about vegetarianism and the environment, an important link he feels is being overlooked in the global warming discussion. He shared some shocking statistics from a 2006 UN report entitled Livestock’s Long Shadow: Environmental Issues and Options.

The report found that 18 percent of global warming emissions come from raising cows, chickens, pigs, turkeys and other animals we eat. That’s 40 percent more than all the world’s cars, SUVs, airplanes, and other modes of fossil-based transportation, which combined account for 13 percent. For further comparison, every house, residential and office building in the world accounts for just 8 percent.

There’s a trend in Europe called “Meat Reducers” where, along with recycling and not taking plastic bags, people are eating meat at least one day less a week. Become a “Meat Reducer.” It is a simple thing everyone can do to lower their own carbon footprint.

I think I’d like to live in a city where I can bike around fearlessly from A to Z, beyond the confines of a park or scenic route. In the 1980s, the rush hour noise in Beijing was limited to the ringing of bicycle bells, but you can’t turn back the clock on that now. Though what a wonderful Olympic city that would have been, eh. I want to cycle in Taipei. Spotted the cutest bicycle in turquoise when I was last there. Meanwhile, I can only imagine how glorious it is to live in one of the eleven most bike-friendly cities in the world:

  1. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  2. Portland, Oregon
  3. Copenhagen, Denmark
  4. Boulder, Colorado
  5. Davis, California
  6. Sandnes, Norway
  7. Trondheim, Norway
  8. San Francisco, California
  9. Berlin, Germany
  10. Barcelona, Spain
  11. Basel, Switzerland
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