Our planet continues to follow a trend of climate change around the globe with not enough being done to slow it down. Some people are trying their best to drive more fuel efficient cars, use low wattage bulbs and save water, but there is a better more efficient way to help our planet but going vegetarian has been proven to reduce your carbon footprint by 42% compared to meat eaters. 51% of our greenhouse-gas emissions are contributed by animal agriculture in forms of carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide.
In this video it touches on a few Truths if the world were to go vegetarian: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANUoAdXfA60
- Premise 1: A leading cause of climate change are green house gasses
- Premise 2: Animals raised as livestock are a major source of greenhouse gasses
- Conclusion: Therefore people converting to vegetarianism would make a large impact on stopping climate change
Analyzing its factual correctness:
Premise 1: This is agreed upon by scientists around the word. There are some facts that people do not agree upon though such as whether or not the world is actually heating up because they claim that there are also places in the world that are becoming much cooler. Over all this fact is true unless you refuse to believe the hundreds study’s and organizations and instead look at the couple sources that believe it is a hoax.
Premise 2: This premise is true due the overwhelming facts showing about the causes of greenhouse gas emissions such as CO2 and methane which are largely to be help responsible. The fact that most of these gas emissions are released by animal agriculture is because of the way that livestock is produced in our times. There is the carbon released into the atmosphere from clear cutting and burning down of forests for feed for livestock, as well as the water used for this feed. Then there is the energy used to process and transport the feed to the animals. Afterwards the food is fed to the animals and methane is released during and after digestion in form of released gas and feces. It takes a considerable amount of water to keep an animal alive as well. After the animal is slaughtered there is energy used in the transportation and packaging of the meat as well until it lands on your plate.
Conclusion: This is valid due to the fact that we have considered premise one and two to be correct.
For my find thoughts, I feel like there is no way of knowing for certain the absolute Truth about anything. But through memories and exploration we prove what knowledge we know. I felt like the reading and Phil’s day off really helped me learn and explore my topic more with more detail. the class discussion ended up getting off topic a lot but did make me think more, even though it wasn’t necessarily about my original topic.
For my Phil’s day off, thought that going on a hike that I’ve never done before would be a good idea. I hiked Crown Mountain it was a new adventure for me. Although it was fun, I didn’t learn much. I found new places to hike and saw different scenery. One thing I noticed was that I had memories of the trail. I remembered passing a few things or where we stopped to look. So it was easier getting down. Thinking about how I learned on that hike really helped me with this project because it made me feel like my theory was justified a bit more.
If you gain knowledge through memories and exploration. All the experiences you go through help aid you to be a more knowledgeable person. My view of knowledge is how you take everything in around you.
Reading about memories I found a lot of things that interested me but this line really stood out to me, “We remember experiences and events which are not happening now, so memory differs from perception. We remember events which really happened, so memory is unlike pure imagination. Yet, in practice, there can be close interactions between remembering, perceiving, and imagining. Remembering is often suffused with emotion, and is closely involved in both extended affective states such as love and grief, and socially significant practices such as promising and commemorating.” Showing that every experience and memory gets sorted into, if its need or not. So in the future you can remember the important things.
Another quotation that caught my eye was “There is a difference though between this types of knowledge and practical knowledge. The type of knowledge that you are speaking about is awareness. Knowledge of awareness works in conjunction with practical knowledge. Practical knowledge (science, math, reading, writing, etc.) is very important. Practical knowledge allows our awareness to manipulate the surrounding universe in a number of beneficial ways.” This quotation supports my opinion that you gain knowledge through memories and exploration.
I spoke with Shem and Courtney. We got a little off topic talking about how we learn and the capital “T” truth but talking about my statement they both agreed with it and thought it was a really good look on it. I agree with both Shem and Courtney’s point of view, I found there statements very interesting and it gave me some new ideas.
After talking with my classmates and researching my topic online, this helped me realize that no matter what everyone can have a different opinion on every topic. I also realized that knowledge as a whole is harder than I thought and it’s very scary to think about because we never can realistically know what knowledge it.