But the world is still a big loser on the scoreboard--primarily because of two things: global
meat consumption and our out of control demand for energy.
I frequently hear people talk about the new vegan places that are opening in their city, the emphasis on renewable energy in their area, and the trends toward greener homes and lawns. Based on all of the above, they conclude:
"We're finally moving in the right direction--I really am seeing things getting better."
That's fine, but they can't see the hole in the bottom of the ship--and that hole represents the rest of the world. Maybe two graphs will help them see the "big picture" a little better. Notice there's not even a slight reduction in the out of control growth rate in these two crucial areas.
I always say, for every European or American that is moving toward a plant-based diet, there are ten people in the developing world moving in the other direction.
The Bottom Line. As you can clearly see, on a global basis, we're still digging a deeper hole. Our best hope for solving all of the above is for a few well-funded, powerful leaders to become totally enlightened and begin working earnestly together on a realistic plan to save our ecosystem.
And if their plan doesn't include taking animals out of the global feeding model, life won't be very pleasant for our descendants in the 22nd century.