Hey, Should We Rethink Turkey On Thankgiving ‘Cause Climate Change?

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Should we rethink Turkey this Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving is almost here, bringing with it the usual choices about which foods to buy. These choices are most often determined by its price, taste, and whether or not it will impress our relatives. It rarely occurs to us to think about from where our turkey and other foods come–perhaps because, if we do think about such things, it makes us very uncomfortable.

But it should occur to us. Especially if we claim the name “Christian” and profess to care about how our actions impact others, especially the most vulnerable.

Yes, sadly this article is posted in the Washington Post’s “Faith” section

But if welfare of vulnerable animals isn’t enough to move you to resist factory farms, consider that our support of them also has devastating implications for human beings.

The recent typhoon which devastated the Philippines is being called the biggest storm in history–with the frighting expectation of even stronger storms to come. Why? Climate change is making our oceans warmer, and climate scientists predict that this increased energy will make our most powerful storms today seem rather ordinary.

Scary, right? This can move even the most skeptical person to change the way they live. Are you driving a fuel efficient car? Great. Taking fewer long distance vacations? Wonderful. But it is even more important for our world’s ecological integrity that you refuse to support factory farms. The emissions from such farms–including the colossal amount of feces produced by 50 billion animals–is worse for carbon levels than all the cars and planes in the world combined. Though it may be difficult to comprehend, there is a causal relationship between the meat we buy and eat, and the strength of the storms which pound the cities of developing countries 8,000 miles away.

We’re dooooomed because we you ate turkey. Have a good dinner, you evil deniers!!!!!

Oh, but I’m not stopping there, you Bad Weather creating deniers

Can You Talk Turkey With Your Climate-Change-Denying Relatives This Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving is coming and you know what that means, folks: dinner with your climate-change-denying relatives. (snip)

But as unpleasant as it can be, and as much as you might want to avoid the topic, I’m a firm believer that you can find ways to have a discussion with even the most hardened skeptics of climate science. I don’t think you can do that by peppering them with the latest climate science. That’s not going to work. What you can do, however, is find ways to connect the issue to values that your relatives already hold.

The link provides some helpful tips and a video, all so you can annoy your family with “climate change” talking points once you get done annoying them with Obamacare talking points. Provided they haven’t banished you to a different room. Or a motel.

Crossed at Pirate’s Cove. Follow me on Twitter @WilliamTeach.

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