FAQs - Diet and Food
What about the impact of diet and food choices on the climate crisis?
This is an excellent question.
ReplaceNow focuses on impact. We are trying to expose the simple but under-reported fact that the vast majority of the climate change problem comes from burning fossil fuels for energy. In this country, 85% of our emissions come from dirty electricity, transportation and heat. Only 9% comes from agriculture and the majority of that is the result of fertilizer use. To avoid a climate crisis, we must completely transition our energy systems to clean renewables and this is our primary focus.
Food, diet, plastic pollution, land management - all these are clearly important issues that are part of the climate problem and those issues deserve attention. It is true that the choices we make about the food we purchase can make a difference. Buying local products, avoiding industrially produced food and processed food, eating lower on the food chain, and wasting less food can make a difference - just like recycling or reducing our energy use has benefit. However, it is critical that those issues and those actions don’t distract us from where the vast majority - 85% of emissions come from - burning fossil fuels. This is especially true because there are clear, cost effective alternatives available today and because consumers have an essential role to play in transitioning our energy systems to clean energy.
It is critical for all of us to become aware of our direct energy consumption, to understand the impact of those energy choices and to embrace the alternatives that are here today. Simply put, we need to stop burning fossil fuels for our electricity, to power our cars and to heat our homes or power our tools. Our individual energy choices can help transform our energy systems.
We want to keep our message focused on those 85% of emissions. We want to help consumers understand the immediate, transformative and lasting impact they can make by taking Replace actions to eliminate the sources of emissions in their lives.