November 3, 2011
HSI Joins the Climate Action Network
This week, HSI became the newest member of the US Climate Action Network (USCAN), the largest U.S. network of organizations focused on climate change, in addition to Climate Action Network International (CAN), a worldwide network of more than 700 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from 90-plus countries.
HSI’s animal agriculture and climate change specialist, Geoff Evans, said, “We are excited to join this incredible coalition and look forward to working with them to fight climate change and help protect all animals.”
Climate change and animals
HSI believes that climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time, posing significant threats to the natural world, human society, and animals. Climate change is already endangering animals around the globe: Diseases are more frequently emerging and spreading to new areas; rising air and sea temperatures are damaging critical habitats and threatening species who rely on these habitats for survival; and increasing numbers of extreme weather events are displacing or killing unprecedented numbers of farm animals, companion animals, and wildlife.
Options for mitigating this crisis can be found by evaluating our relationship with animals. The production of more than 67 billion land animals for meat, eggs, and milk is a major contributor to climate change, accounting for approximately 18 percent of global, human-induced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Many of these emissions result from deforestation for feedcrop cultivation and the grazing of farm animals. Deforestation is also a significant cause of habitat loss affecting wildlife.
A growing policy response
HSI is committed to working toward policies at international, regional, national and sub-national levels that will increase the protection of all animals from the harmful impacts of climate change, and address the role of animal agriculture in climate change.
HSI has been involved in international climate policy since 2009 and has been working closely with the world’s leading NGOs to ensure that policies to mitigate the climate change impacts of animal agriculture are sustainable, humane and enhance food security around the world.
HSI brings to USCAN a unique perspective on the welfare impacts of climate change, while also gaining an incredible network of support to work towards the protection of all animals from climate change. HSI looks forward to working with CAN as it pushes for a humane agricultural outcome in the upcoming United Nations end-of-year climate conference in Durban, South Africa.
For more information, please visit hsi.org/climatechange.