As we saw in the post about Victory Gardens, sometimes individuals doing small, almost ordinary things can be a huge help in times of crisis. By simply planting a few beans and tomatoes in their backyards, people were able to help win a war thousands of miles away.
One of the largest crises facing the world today is climate change. And, according to new research, individuals can be a huge help with that problem, too. How? By simply swapping out beef for beans. According to research published in the journal Climatic Change [Add link], if everyone in the country ate beans in place of beef, the US could meet more than half of its emissions goals by 2020.
Most people wouldn’t want to completely give up beef, but just like growing Victory Gardens, a little bit here and there could help a lot. If everyone ate beans in place of meat every now and then, it could help reduce global warming.
Activities and topics for discussion:
Can you think of another problem that people solved by everyone pitching in a little bit here and there?
Are there very small ways you help out at school or in your home that would make a big difference?
Do you like beans? Make up a new recipe using beans as an ingredient.
If you’d like to learn more about the science behind climate change, ask your librarian for my book A Global Threat: The Emergence of Climate Change Science.
photo courtesy Kennth Leung via flickr