Let's balance out!

Vegan diet and renewable energies
Published by Charlie on 2020-01-30
It isn't as bad as you think. Or maybe it is.

Another week has passed and we're back with the climate updates! This is "Let's balance out" and you'll read one good news and one bad news about the climate crisis. Shall we begin?

So what do you want first? The good news or the bad news?
BAD NEWS

You'd think this vegan diet thing is easy. You'd think that in order to a) be at peace with oneself and b) save the planet all you needed was to stop eating meat. But it's actually more complicated than that. Like everything in life.

Because the real problem, in the exact same case as meat, is not what you eat, but how what you eat is produced. And this is true for plant based food too.

We have to be careful to what we buy, and if we really want to make a difference we have to apply a more accurate distinction than meat/no meat. Wholemeal bread, almond milk, avocados? It's better not. Or maybe yes, if you check where they come from!
GOOD NEWS

According to Eurostat data, in 2018 the 18% of energy used in EU countries came from renewable energy sources. And this is good news, because there's something called Climate and Energy Package 2020 that told us that within 2020 the 20% of the energy consumed had to come from renewable energy. And we're really close to that!

There are different goals for every country, because we're all different and we have different starting points. For example, in Italy the 2020 goal was 17%, which we reached and surpassed by 2018.

We cannot stop here, we have to make the percentage grow more, but it's looking good! Here you can read more specific data.

Now the EU goal has been updated and within 2030 we have to reach 35%!
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