Going green for the environment

Leading climate change scientists are urging Australia to consider a diet containing more vegetables and less meat than the average Australian eats.

The latest report by the International Panel on Climate Change was released last Thursday and warns cutting emissions from power plants, factories and cars won’t be enough to reduce the damage alone.

IPCC suggested meat eaters should consider where their protein has come from, what the animal has eaten and where the animal’s food has come from.

Research from Roy Morgan states 2.5 million Australians eat a diet consisting of only plant-based diets, which is an increase of 0.9 per cent from 2014.

Clinical Dietitian Erin Mosdell says plant-based diets are extremely beneficial for a healthy diet, as long as they are done correctly.

“Although there is a chance for low protein and iron intakes, plant-based options offer high micro-nutrient intake, which are your minerals and vitamins,” she said.

“It is definitely an individualised decision and you need to consider different cultures and specific nutritional needs of each individual.

“You should always seek an accredited health professional if you are changing your diet rapidly.

“A lot of people are not educated enough to know how to substitute the nutrients they might be lacking and doctor google simply does not hold the correct answers.”

She suggests following the Australian Guide for Healthy Eating, which promotes a higher plant-based intake compared with a lower meat intake.

Extinction Rebellion Member Kris says it is average West Australians who are really concerned about Climate Change.

“It’s a healthy diet [plant-based diet] anyway and we have been told for some time that we need to restrict our red meat consumption,” she said.

“It’s not a difficult thing to do and if you disagree you need to look at the science regarding our meat industry and the climate.

“We are not saying that the meat industry has to be abandoned all together, we are saying that everyone needs to think of the price we may pay because of it.”

Here is what some young people in Perth think about moving to a plant-based diet.