Is climate change real ? A closer look at climate change denial

This blogpost serves as a reminder that we don’t always need the media, political figures and “science” to tell us what to think.

I mean, we live in the age of misinformation and fake news anyway.

Everything is blown out of proportion, all the time, so I understand those who are skeptical about everything cause sometimes that’s the only way one can keep their sanity and free thinking.

We demonize people for the smallest mishaps, we cancel them, we go at each other’s throats online for no real reason..

Incivility is rampant, but that’s beside the point of this post.

  • What we need right now

Perhaps what we need right now is to be more understanding, to use sensible reasoning and think for ourselves.

What we need is to collectively take a step back from the ongoing noise and assess what we see and feel, not what we’re bombarded with by the media 24/7, 365.

  • So climate change, is it real ?

Well, first let’s drop in some facts:

👉 We’re in the midst of the worst drought in the Horn of Africa since records began
👉 We’re in the midst of the worst drought in China since records began
👉 We’re currently in the midst of the worst drought the USA has known in the past 1.200 years
👉 Europe is going through its worst drought in 500 years

Those are facts, not opinions.

Unfortunately, blistering heatwaves ran rampant in the continent where I’m currently based, Europe, in the past few months.

The same can be said about many other places on earth.

Given how things stand right now, everything leads me to believe that a catastrophe is around the corner.

If you look at the the Jialing River in Chongquing, a major tributary of the Yangtze (China), you realize that it’s partially dried up, following weeks of extreme heat.

The same can be said about rivers and lakes in France, rivers that I used to hang out at just last summer.

Besides, we’ve seen so many untamable wildfires this summer, too many to count: Spain, Portugal, France, Italy..

The same thing is happening in North Africa.

Pretty safe to say, biodiversity is crumbling all around the world.

  • So, what to do about it ?

Well, it all depends on the type of people we are.

We can either wait till we all die, or we could start making some serious changes to our respective lifestyles AND impose restrictions and sanction the biggest polluters.

Private Jets, Yachts, Golf courses, Olympic-size swimming pools, these privileges need to stop, at least for a little while, if we want our planet to survive.

You don’t have to be “republican” or “democrat” to see things for what they are, this has NOTHING to do with politics, it has everything to do with survival.

If you don’t want to believe reports from the media, it’s fine, I don’t either, so talk to people, talk to the elderly, talk to your friends.

I’m lucky enough to have friends all over the world, and not a single one of them tells me things are just like they used to be.

There are so many environmental disruptions all across the globe, so many droughts, from Iraq to Italy, to China, to Kenya.

  • The cuprit ?

Maybe it’s capitalism, maybe it’s greed, maybe it’s collective carelessness, selfishness ?

Or maybe it’s all of the above !

Our planet is running out of clean water. People are literally DYING of hunger and thirst.

Industrialization and hyperconsumerism are a direct cause for that.

  • What to do ?

The collective will always prevail over individual changes

So what we need is to collectively give up on our old ways and start learning about sustainability, pollution

We have to start looking at the way we consume, what we buy and who we’re buying it from.

We don’t have to give up on living for things to work out, we just have to adapt, to change.

The solutions to our problems have more to do with mindfulness than they do with technology.

Of course technology has to step in to improve many things, but first, let’s cut out on all the unnecessary impulse buys, watch our consumption, learn how to live in harmony with each other and NATURE, push for a global change and promote sustainable habits.

Let’s be mindful of what we do and how we live, individually and collectively.

It really doesn’t take much more than that for things to go back to how they used to be.

WATCH: Top 15 documentaries that’ll change the way you eat (with trailers)

This may come as a surprise to some, but prior to going vegan, I’d only met ONE vegan person in my entire life.

I was 26YO when I went vegan.

The one thing that’s helped me (and many other vegans) learn about this lifestyle is documentary film.

Veganism was so underground bro. Before the Internet and Social Media, access to unmanipulated data was quite a task.

People weren’t catered to, unlike what we’re seeing today.

So therein lies the importance of filmmakers and content creators, who are, IMHO, the real game changers.

I went vegan thanks to the first vegan documentary film I’ve ever seen. Cowspiracy was IT for me!

Thank you, Kip Andersen ! You’ve literally changed my life.

Below is a list of 15 eye-opening documentaries exposing the harms (and war) of animal agriculture, meat, dairy and fishing industries on the animal kingdom, on our health, culture and planet as a whole.

Let’s dive right in.

Dominion.

Probably the best one of all, Dominion shows the many ways in which animals are regularly abused. It thoroughly exposes the dark underbelly of modern animal agriculture through drones, hidden & handheld cameras. Available on Youtube.

Cowspiracy.

My personal favorite, along with next two on this list. Available on Netflix.

Seaspiracy.

Seaspiracy is the groundbreaking documentary which seeks to expose the fishing industries impact on the world’s oceans and overall environment. It tackles forced labor and animal rights in a never-before seen manner. A must watch ! Available on Netflix.

What The Health.

This film examines the link between diet and disease, and the billions of dollars at stake in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and food industries. Another must watch especially if you’re a health geek like me. Available on Netflix.

Forks Over Knives.

Forks Over Knives empowers people to live healthier lives by changing the way the world understands nutrition. Another masterpiece for health-conscious geeks. Available on Prime.

The Game Changers.

A documentary about plant-based eating, protein, and strength. Presented by James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jackie Chan and many more. Available on Netflix.

Eating Our Way to Extinction

A cinematic feature documentary, narrated by Kate Winslet (2021). A masterpiece.

Milked.

A feature documentary that exposes the whitewash of New Zealand’s multi-billion-dollar dairy industry.

Kiss The Ground.

Narrated and featuring Woody Harrelson (I love that guy!), Kiss the Ground is an inspiring and groundbreaking film that reveals the first viable solution to our climate crisis. Available on Youtube.

Earthlings.

An animal rights documentary by activist and Oscar-winning actor Joaquin Phoenix.

Plantpure Nation.

A documentary that highlights the importance of a plant-based diet for a health life and longevity.

Eating You Alive.

A documentary about curing chronic disease with a whole food plant based diet. Features James Cameron.

The Milk System

This documentary sheds light on one of the filthiest industries and the harms of dairy on our health.

Land of Hope and Glory

A documentary that features never before seen undercover footage of what goes on behind closed doors, by Earthling Ed.

HOGWOOD: a modern horror story.

“Through careful marketing and misleading labels, we are led to believe that farmed animals are well cared for and that eating meat is natural, normal and necessary. It’s time to uncover the truth.”

Bonus: Rotten. (Netflix Series)

A series that exposes what goes on behind the scenes to cater to our selfish culinary needs. Absolutely worthwhile.

Are you vegan? Have you ever considered going vegan? Do you understand what veganism is all about?

Drop me a line below, I’d be more than happy to help you transition and answer all your questions as best I can.

This is a judgment-free zone, allow yourself to learn and grow.