350 Day of Action

Three suggested sacrifices for the sake of the planet. We post these in honour of the 350 Day of action:

Eat your Pet:

The eco-pawprint of a pet dog is twice that of a 4.6-litre Land Cruiser driven 10,000 kilometres a year, researchers have found.

Victoria University professors Brenda and Robert Vale, architects who specialise in sustainable living, say pet owners should swap cats and dogs for creatures they can eat, such as chickens or rabbits, in their provocative new book Time to Eat the Dog: The real guide to sustainable living.

The couple have assessed the carbon emissions created by popular pets, taking into account the ingredients of pet food and the land needed to create them.

“If you have a German shepherd or similar-sized dog, for example, its impact every year is exactly the same as driving a large car around,” Brenda Vale said.

Or better yet Don’t eat:

New labels listing the carbon dioxide emissions associated with the production of foods, from whole wheat pasta to fast food burgers, are appearing on some grocery items and restaurant menus around the country [Sweden].People who live to eat might dismiss this as silly. But changing one’s diet can be as effective in reducing emissions of climate-changing gases as changing the car one drives or doing away with the clothes dryer, scientific experts say.

Take an island on tour:

Artist Alex Hartley will bring an arctic island to the South West of England. He discovered the island in the High Arctic archipelago of Svalbard as part of the 2004 Cape Farewell expedition. The island was revealed from within the melting ice of a retreating glacier …

A portion of the island will be transported to South West England through international waters and whilst en route it will apply for micronation status. The new ‘micronation’, nowhereisland, will navigate the entire 702 miles of coast around the South West region, visiting its ports and harbours, accompanied by a travelling embassy support vehicle.

This artwork seeks to poetically explore issues of climate change, land ownership, national identity and the exploitation of the earth’s remaining natural resources.

You can’t make this stuff up!

Later: Related

Later again: Another suggestion – Don’t have children


4 responses to “350 Day of Action

  1. Will Wolfville soon be banning dogs and cats? Goody, we can have rabbits and chickens, but we have to eat them. I guess it would be best if we don’t name them.
    “Honey dinner’s ready, how does hoppy taste?”

  2. I won’t feel so bad about screaming bloody murder at those dog owners who don’t use a leash when I am trying to train a 5X rejected shelter dog- I’ll just visualize them as potential fodder (owners and dog). Love the idea of the floating island- such creative energy.

  3. Some say bow wow chow wow! I’d prefer to keep my dog and eat the U. Vic. professors… Carbon credit stew, anyone?

  4. When will you bigoted, right-wingers get it? We’re supposed to live naked and freezing in mud and stick huts and eat one another. (I would say eat dirt, but there could be very environmentally-beneficial microorganisms in there.)