The new federal climate report, which was released the day after Thanksgiving, warns that climate change is intensifying and getting costlier, and that it will threaten the health and wellbeing of Americans, unless we take drastic actions to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

In response to the report, Americans ate turkey sandwiches, went shopping, and watched football.

So much for drastic action.

But now that we’ve all had time to absorb the warning, we can take significant steps to combat climate change, starting by eating more vegan foods. Research shows that meat-eaters are responsible for two and a half times as many dietary greenhouse-gas emissions per day as vegans. A sustainability report comparing the vegan Beyond Burger to a traditional beef burger found that a Beyond Burger generates 90 percent fewer greenhouse-gas emissions than a quarter pound of U.S beef. It also requires 46 percent less nonrenewable energy, has more than 99 percent less impact on water scarcity, and 93 percent less impact on land use.

So, it’s time we take action and eat vegan burgers and other tasty vegan foods rather than animal-based ones. How hard is that? For more information and a free vegan starter kit, see www.PETA.org.

HEATHER MOORE

The PETA Foundation

Norfolk, Va.

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