If nothing else makes you care about climate change and adjusting your lifestyle, maybe this will. New research is indicating that climate change is making you fat. Yes, that’s right. Have you been piling on those pounds? How are you getting rid of them? Weight gain may directly or indirectly be related to climate change. Here is why:
You Cannot Afford to Eat Healthy Foods
As the climate is changing, production of fruits, vegetables and grains is increasingly more difficult and expensive around the globe. This is the result of unpredictable changes in weather. Natural disasters such as droughts are eroding landscapes. As a result, increasing prices are causing shoppers to buy cheap foods with little nutritional value. So how about checking out those wonderful vegetables instead? What can you grow in your own backyard or a greenhouse?
You Drive Everywhere and Never Walk
Cities around the world are growing as people are migrating from rural areas. Correspondingly, they leave behind eroded countryscapes that can no longer support their livelihood. Soil erosion is a direct result of climate change. Growing urbanization leads to longer distances and motorization. Consequently, urban transportation is on the rise – and it accounts for at least 14 percent of greenhouse gases produced. As a result, riding or driving instead of walking in combination with food intake with little nutritional value increases body mass index (BMI). It’s all about getting your 10,000 steps a day in there every day! Take that walk at lunch time or take your lunch to the park and get in a few steps.
Infrastructure and Green Lifestyle
Deficient urban planning often leads to insufficient infrastructure planning for actual transportation needs. Most cities do not nearly offer people enough in terms of safe, extensive and adequate cycling infrastructure. You are afraid of traffic while riding your bike? You are not alone. Ample green spaces for recreational purposes including sports facilities such as parks with easy access are vital. Moreover, people will opt out for motorized transportation and visit facilities for physical exercise if easy and convenient to use. Find like-minded people in your close community and figure out what you could do to change this.
Monocultures and Livestock Farming
Increasing demand for meat production is among the biggest drivers for deforestation. People around the world are changing their diets, causing a rising demand for meat. As a result, massive amounts of rainforests are being destroyed each minute for the expansion of livestock farming. Nutritional trends and consumption are also moving towards cultivation of only three staple crops worldwide, resulting in massive reduction of agricultural biodiversity.
Processed Foods Drive Weight Gain
For instance, once lush tropical rainforests are being turned into huge monocultures for palm oil production although biodiversity is crucial for healthy, plant-based nutrition. In turn, plant nutrition promotes healthy weight. Finally, sustainable food production supports the increasing global population. What does this mean? Instead of eating highly-processed pre-packaged convenience foods that are making you pile on the pounds, opt for regionally and organically-grown produce that is in season where you live. In summary, your body and the planet will thank you for it.
Help to Save the Planet’s Food Supply
In line with protecting nature, the PURELAND Zero emission removal project has the objective to preserve the existing primeval forest cover on an area of 841.7 hectares in the Térraba Sierpe National Wetlands in Costanera Sur on the Osa peninsula in Puntarenas province in Costa Rica.
PURELAND is a project based on blockchain technology. All contributions made to the PURELAND project are utilized for financing further environmental projects to save our planet. Visit the PURELAND website today to find out how you can save the rainforests of Costa Rica from deforestation – help to combat climate change!