No, I don't think so...
I love Ted Talks. They pave the way for forward thinking and brilliant new ideas that make us strive to better ourselves and change the world. However, I came across one today that I just did not get. It talks about the idea of becoming a "reducetarian"... Check it out:
Now I have to be a little careful here with my last blog post on a new kind of Vegan Advocacy. Where I indirectly suggested that the way forward would be to try and encourage reducetarianism with schemes like #MeatFreeMonday and what not. Which this guy hits on! We're on the same wavelength in this respect. Great.
So What's the Big Deal?
The big deal is that this is encouraging being a reducetarian as a sort of scapegoat to still being able to eat meat. Which definitely isn't the end goal here. I get that this guy likes to think that his heart is in the right place and he doesn't want dinner time to be awkward. He just wants everyone to get along...
However, at the same time, he wants to take the easy road.
He is supposed to be setting an example. Setting the goals that everyone should strive for. He's an environmentalist who hit on almost every single major reason for being a vegan... Yet he still eats meat and instead, decides he wants to create a label for people who want to feel like they're doing their bit for the environment... but they're actually not. While at the same time belittling the work of vegans everywhere.
It Goes Beyond the Moral Highground
Again, there's a section of the video where he talks about the fact that because we're vegans and we like to take the moral high ground (because we can) we are alienating people. Again, this is something I mentioned about in my previous blog post against protesting.
However, we do it because there is a reason for it. It's because we care about our planet and the animals on it. If this guy thinks that by becoming a permanent reducetarian he is making a difference and that we should respect him as someone who cares... Well, to be honest, I really couldn't give a shit.
Let's put this into perspective. This video was posted to youtube in 2014. The world population was 7.2 billion roughly at that point in time. We are now at 7.63 billion. That is terrifying how quickly the population is rising. Now, if we assume that the 430,000,000 new people on this planet want to become "responsible reducetarians" and the rest are "carnivores". What difference has that made to our planet? It's in worse shape than it was before.
Our Planet Needs Us to Do More Than Just Reduce
Sure, I see becoming a reducetarian as a stepping stone. I recommend that everyone who wants to become vegan takes this stepping stone first. However, if you really care about the environment, you HAVE to see it as only a stepping stone. You have to go that one step further, otherwise, our planet and our ecosystems and our whole way of life will just collapse.
Be the change you want to see in the world. If you're going to do a TED talk... Make sure it really is an idea worth spreading.
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It's Not ALL Doom and Gloom
I saw another TEDX Talk today that restored my faith in humanity a bit. Check this out:
This 10-year-old has got it all figured out. How awesome is this? I bet there are adults that wouldn't do what this little girl did and especially with that much confidence. She really puts the fella before to shame.
If everyone was as conscious and switched on as this girl. The world would be a much better place.