On March 21, 2012 in Purchase, N.Y., the weather was an unseasonably warm 80 degrees – 20 degrees above the average temperature for New York in March, which is 60 degrees. The weather this spring has been beautiful so far this spring, but there’s an ominous feeling behind all the sunshine and warmth.
Below, you can see a video of Purchase students enjoying the warmth and reflecting on global warming.
“It does concern me about what’s going to happen in July,” said Samantha Yergo, a senior at Purchase who was sunbathing on the lawn at Alumni Village.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all of this. Global warming can seem like an insurmountable problem, and individuals can feel helpless to effect change. George Kiladze, another senior who was enjoying the sun on the grass at Alumni Village, said, “I don’t really know how to not contribute to global warming, besides not using the fridge as much. But, like, the fridge gotta be on.”
There’s something you, personally, can do, though, and it’s easier than you’d think: go vegetarian. According to the Scientific American, it takes as much energy to produce one half pound of hamburger meat as it does to drive a car for ten miles. Not everyone is willing to drastically reduce their meat intake, but any reduction will help. Rajendra Pachauri, a Nobel Prize-winning scientist told Britain’s Observer paper that he urged people to eat less meat, starting by going meatless one day a week and reducing it from there.
Going easier on the planet may not be the only benefit from a more meat-free diet. A recent study published by the Archives of Internal Medicine showed a high correlation between eating large amounts of red meat, and cardiovascular disease and cancer. You have the power to change your diet, for your health and the planet. Replace that pound of meat with a pound of potatoes – at least once a week. Mother Earth will thank you.
Later tonight, Melissa Spafford is hosting an event to promote Meatless Mondays at the Hub. Go to the Cinema room at the Stood to catch a screening of a documentary on nutrition, and sign her petition. The screenings are at 4:30 and 6:45 p.m. https://www.facebook.com/events/254093734677232/