Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

Synopsis: The World's largest environmental organizations are failing to address the single most destructive force facing the planet today. Follow the shocking, yet humorous, journey of an aspiring environmentalist, as he daringly seeks to find the real solution to the most pressing environmental issues and true path to sustainability.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Kip Andersen (co-director), Keegan Kuhn (co-director)
85 min

You know, the world's

climate scientists tell us that...

...the highest safe level

of emissions would be...

...around 350 parts per million

of carbon dioxide...

...and greenhouse gases

in the atmosphere. We're already at 400.

They tell us that the sort of safest

we could hope to do...

...without having perilous implications... far as drought, famine,

human conflict, major species extinction...

...would be about a 2-degree Celsius

increase in temperature.

We're rapidly approaching that,

and with all the built-in carbon dioxide...

...that's already in the atmosphere,

we're easily going to exceed that.

So on our watch, we are facing...

...the next major extinction of species

on the earth...

...that we haven't seen since the time

of the dinosaurs disappearing.

When whole countries go underwater

because of sea-level rise...

...when whole countries find

that there's so much drought...

...that they can't feed their population...

...and as a result,

they need to desperately...

...migrate to another country

or invade another country...

I mean, we're gonna have

climate wars in the future.

And what about...?

What about livestock

and animal agriculture?

Well, what about it? I mean-

My names Kip.

This is me.

I had a clich U.S.American childhood.

My mom was a teacher.

My dad was in the military.

And I have one sister.

I played all sports growing up...

...but I always loved

the outdoors and camping.

Life was simple,

not a care in the world.

And then this guy showed up.

Like so many of us...

...I saw his film An Inconvenient Truth

about the impacts of global warming.

It scared the Emojis out of me.

In Al Gore's film,

he describes how Earth is in peril.

Climate change stands to affect

all life on this planet.

From monster storms, raging wildfires...

...record droughts, ice caps melting...

...acidification of the oceans,

to entire countries going underwater...

...that could all be caused

by humans' demands on the Earth.

With scientists warning

unless we take drastic measures... correct our environmental footprint,

our time on this planet maybe limited... only 50 more years,

I wanted to do everything I could to help.

I made up my mind

right then and there... change how I lived

and to do whatever I possibly could... find away for all of us

to live together... balance with the planet,

sustainably, forever.

I started to do all the things

Al told us to do.

I became an OCE,

obsessive-compulsive environmentalist.

I separated the trash and recycling,

I composted...

...changed the light bulbs,

took short showers...

...brushed with the water off,

turned off lights when leaving...

...and rode my bike

instead of driving everywhere.

But as the years went by,

it seemed as if things were getting worse.

I had to wonder, with all the continuing

ecological crisis facing the planet...

...even if every single one of us adopted

these conservation habits...

...was this really gonna be enough

to save the world?

It just seemed that there was

something more to the story.

I thought I was doing everything I could

to help the planet.

But then with one's friend's post

everything changed.

The post sent me to a report online

published by the United Nations...

...stating that cows

produce more greenhouse gases...

...than the entire transportation sector.

This means that raising cattle

produces more greenhouse gases...

...than all cars, trucks, trains, boats,

planes combined.

Thirteen percent compared

to 18 percent for livestock.

This is because cows produce

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