I am attending the UN Climate Action Summit 2019 in New York during the next few days where I will be making several presentations. I am delighted to contribute to this summit to help propel actions to help solve climate change – the greatest issue of our time.
Due to climate change, our weather is getting more extreme and natural disasters are becoming more severe and more frequent. Hundreds of millions of people will need to find somewhere else to live due to climate change during the next decades.
There are ways that all of us can help. We can incorporate renewable energy into our lives and we can work to reduce our use of fossil fuels. The price of renewable energy today is very competitive compared to fossil fuel-based energy. And if you factor in the cost of bad air quality, health impacts, and environmental cleanup – the true cost of coal and other fossil fuels is higher than the cost of most renewable energy technologies.
Animal agriculture in the world contributes 14 – 18% of all human-induced greenhouse gas emissions, and the majority of this comes from the production of beef. If everyone would reduce the amount of meat we eat, we would greatly reduce one of the leading sources of greenhouse gas emissions.
Protecting our planet and the quality of our lives can be very rewarding! Renewable energy is cleaner and healthier than carbon-based fuels. And plant-based eating is tasty! I want to look into the eyes of today’s youth and say that I am doing everything I can to help pass on a healthy planet.
“Protect the ocean and you protect yourself.”
Ocean of thanks for your continued support,
Jean-Michel Cousteau, President of Ocean Futures Society