How dare you? You are killing the planet!
Happy Friday! I invite you to read this article from The Huffington Post called The Environmental Impact Of Your Thanksgiving Dinner.
Maybe you are wondering how is it that some sweet potatoes and a pumpkin pie are destroying the Earth? Well, the bastion of all that is pure and good, the aptly named HuffPost has the answer.
To summarize it, the author is proposing two major changes:
Take the turkey out of dinner.
Don’t travel to visit your family.
”Meat and meat byproducts (cheese, butter and heavy cream, for example) have a larger environmental footprint than plant-based ingredients. According to research done by Carnegie Mellon University, the carbon footprint of a 16-pound turkey creates a total of 34.2 pounds of CO2 — the same amount produced by turkey gravy, cranberry sauce, roasted Brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes, rolled biscuits and apple pie combined; instead go green! Emanuelli suggests.
Also don’t visit your family. ”Four people flying a 600-mile trip is the equivalent of 10 times the CO2 emissions of the Thanksgiving meal.”
“Driving is less detrimental, but American cars emit close to a pound of CO2 per mile driven. Orchi Banerjee, a recent graduate of the department of Social and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon, said, ‘It may help the environment if [your guests] stayed home and cooked their own meal.’”
As Steven Watson from Summit News points: ” So, also canceled are Christmas, Easter, Passover, and 4th of July”
Don’t live. Just panic about everything.