From my understanding of economics, there seems to be a complex relationship between affluence and carbon emissions. Generally speaking, those with more money can afford certain luxuries, perhaps above all air travel, greatly contributing to their carbon footprint. At the same time, however, those in the upper-middle and upper classes have certain opportunities to reduce their emissions in ways that those living close to or below the poverty line do not. Those who lack economic security are often forced to eat foods that contribute the most emissions because fast food is dominated by meat products and organic food products are generally too expensive. At the same time, however, those living in extreme poverty in more rural areas, especially agricultural communities, have some of the lowest footprints because meat production without subsidies and economies of scale is really expensive. Those in the upper class can also afford to install green appliances and buy more expensive cars with higher fuel efficiency.
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I do believe a lot of you make a point about the fact that people should eat lesser meat and become vegetarian. But since we, humans, have been feeding on meat since the 1st appearance of men on Earth, it will be difficult for us to change our habit into something completely different. Plus, it will also be bad for our organism to handle such change as this might cause some problems in our digestion. We don’t need to destroy our body to be of a help.
Instead of wasting money on weapons for war, why don’t we just waste them on buying necessary and useful tools for agriculture? We could just send people to the countries in need and help create arable lands for plantations or even for irrigation. Humans must be more dynamic on helping others solve problems. We have widely enough money to help these 1 billion of people. The problem is just that the society is unbalanced. But I’m sure that if men are willing to get rid of their selfishness, this goal could be possible to achieve