The best way to save the planet: make eating meat a rare occasion, according to a report co-authored by COA professor Doreen Stabinsky.The best way to save the planet: make eating meat a rare occasion, according to a report co-authored by COA professor Doreen Stabinsky. Credit: Agricultural Research Service, the research agency of the United States Department of Agriculture

If you want to save the planet, put down your burger. Or rather, finish it, savoring every single bite, and mentally prepare yourself not to have another until at least next week.

Raising animals for food is a major contributor to climate change, responsible for an estimated 14.5 percent of all global emissions. Following last week’s UN report on the dire prospects for the future of the planet, the Climate, Land, Ambition & Rights Alliance has presented its own self-described “radical” plan to keep global temperatures from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit). College of the Atlantic professor of global environmental politics Dr. Doreen Stabinsky.College of the Atlantic professor of global environmental politics Dr. Doreen Stabinsky.The report rejects many of the UN’s technologically-driven mitigation solutions, such as carbon capture and geoengineering, in favor of a simple approach.

The bottom line: Eat less meat—a lot, lot less.

“It will take a lot of political will,” said author Doreen Stabinsky, a global environmental politics professor at College of the Atlantic. “But we’re being forced into making it politically possible.”

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