For your information and amusement, I provided a Guilt Trip Rating for each video (GTR, 10 is high, 1 is low). In my opinion, videos with a low GTR are great for introducing this subject to someone. Videos with a higher GTR should be viewed with caution. Enjoy.
- ABC News: 2 Simple Steps for Climate Change
- Meat the Truth Trailer
- Compassion in World Farming: Livestock Production & the Environment
- Holistic Secrets with Rachel Avalon: On Less Meat and Dairy
- Glen Beck: Al Gore Ignores Eating Meat
- Mark Bittman: What’s Wrong With What We Eat (20 min.)
- Meat the Facts on Global Warming
- Supreme Master TV: United Nations: Less Meat, Less Heat
- Barack Obama responds to Question from Vegan on Meat
- CNN: Going Vegan: The Impact on your Health and the Environment
1. ABC News: 2 Simple Steps for Climate Change (5/13/08)
For those in a rush. Guilt Trip Rating: 2
ABC’s Dan Harris narrates this well-made video made for a mainstream audience that helps us to visualize how the beef production process releases greenhouse gases. The second part (Step 2) of the video encourages viewers to also get an energy audit. Point made: there’s more than one way to stop global warming, eating less beef is a lot easier. Bravo.
2. Meat the Truth Trailer
For media types, documentary lovers. Guilt Trip Rating: 5
This is the trailer to a DOCUMENTARY on meat and global warming made in the Netherlands! I’m surprised I didn’t hear about this earlier. Takes an incrementalist approach towards meat-eating, mimicing Al Gore’s Powerpoint-style presentation in An Inconvenient Truth. Shows how one meatless day of the week helps.
3. Compassion in World Farming: Livestock Production & the Environment
For those who prefer British accents? Guilt Trip Rating: 5
4. Holistic Secrets with Rachel Avalon: On Less Meat and Dairy
For those who just pay more attention to a lady, or who need their hand to be held. Guilt Trip Rating: 3
A holistic, innocent, earthy, video blogger who gently lays out the stats and gives some nice homemade graphics. Her summary: “Surprising solution beyond CFL lightbulbs, planting trees, & hybrids”.
Check out Rachel’s website at www.rachelavalon.com. She is trained in holistic nutrition, reflexology and massage therapy!
5. Glen Beck: Al Gore Ignores Eating Meat
For those who wishes they could see something good in Glen Beck? Guilt Trip Rating: 9
As Google reveals, this is one of the most viral videos on meat and global warming out there. But be careful with this one. For those who don’t know, Glen Beck is a prominent right-wing talk show host, who thinks the global warming crowd is alarmist and being misled. It seems that his goal is to manipulate the subject of meat and global warming, as an “all or nothing” sort of issue – in order to further antagonize the skeptics, or to even divide global warming activists. This is my hunch at least. Beck never mentions the fact that one could simply eat LESS meat, though the PETA organizer does mention it at the end. Beck even prepared a video catching well-known celebrities and of course, Al Gore, eating meat.
Eat ANY meat? Guilt! Guilt! Shame! Shame!
However, it is nonetheless an informative video that brought attention to this issue, and includes some points I can agree with. Gore should bring up the impact of livestock on global warming. I just hope people aren’t introduced to this subject through Beck.
Round 2 – Beck and PETA spokesperson Matt Prescott met again earlier this month
6. Mark Bittman: What’s Wrong With What We Eat (20 min.)
For science, whole-system types. Guilt Trip Rating: 4
This guy is great. Non-vegetarian and author who blogs at the NY Times about cooking, with occasional blog posts on the impact of meat on global warming. The video explains how industrial agricultural is to blame for our diets and for harming the Earth.
Summary from TED itself: “In this fiery and funny talk, New York Times food writer Mark Bittman weighs in on what’s wrong with the way we eat now (too much meat, too few plants; too much fast food, too little home cooking), and why it’s putting the entire planet at risk.”
7. Meat the Facts on Global Warming
For those who can take the heat. Guilt Trip Rating: 9
From MeatTheFACTS.org, A serious guilt-trip. Hits all the angles: global warming, deforestation, poverty, water, world hunger and starving children. No narration. Just the facts & ominous techno music mixed with a heart monitor, suggesting that the end is near. Which is probably true…
8. Supreme Master TV: United Nations: Less Meat, Less Heat
For everyone, literally. There are subtitles for 14 other languages. Guilt Trip Rating: 6
“Dr Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace, has said that people should give up eating meat at least once a week in order to help prevent global warming.”
One of many videos from Supreme Master Ching Hai, on meat and global warming. You may not agree with all of her spiritual views, but you can agree that she is channeling her energy for the planet. “Supreme Master TV” is a multilingual video channel which regularly emphasizes why and how to go vegetarian and vegan.
9. Barack Obama responds to Question from Vegan on Meat
For everyone, Obama fans. Guilt Trip Rating: 2
It’s very interesting to watch Obama’s respond to this question on the environmental impact of our diet. He explains that as a result of climate change and livestock production, the global food system is under immense stress – and says rising global meat consumption is a threat. He gives some tangible examples. He also ties the question to health, noting that the US healthcare system could save a trillion dollars if obesity levels were lowered to 1980 levels. YESiree. Of course, he says all this in a much more articulate and non-threatening sort of way. Yay, this is the president of the USA speaking!
The question – Nikki Benoit: Thank you, Senator, very much for your strong environmental position.
The United Nations actually has reiterated that factory farming is contributing more to global greenhouse gas emissions than all of transportation. I think that as a global community we really need to be the leader and moving more towards non-factory farming animal agriculture. It’s very egregious. There’s 10 billion land animals that we are funneling our precious water and grain through when 70 per cent of all of our grain could help feed the world’s hungry. So, as the next leader of the most amazing nation in the world, how can we set the example on the more nutritional, plant-based diet that’s more eco-friendly and sustainable, that can maintain our water resources and all of our grain. Thank you very much.
10. CNN: Going Vegan: The Impact on your Health and the Environment (6/11/08)
For everyone, particularly those who just need to hear it from CNN. Guilt Trip Rating: 3
The reporter, Alina Cho, talks about the facts while showing off some vegan food in action. She concludes by telling viewers that she is not saying one has to cut meat entirely out of his/her diet to make a significant impact (despite the story on veganism). Unfortunately, the video quality is not great.
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