The impact of food
The impact of meat consumption
The environmental impact of food extends beyond just meat consumption. Food waste plays a significant role. However, your food choices are yours to make.
The values of veganism
While some adopt veganism for health reasons, most seem to do it for moral reasons. Nevertheless, it is admirable when people make a change of habit. The typical veganism values are cultural, and subjective. I do not intend to claim that all vegans follow those values. We will be able to agree on other topics. It is all about perspectives.
The loss of a meat consumer is negligible to the industry. Most people eat what's convenient. Vegan food often is more expensive and less accessible. I recommend watching listening to the following video to get a Nietzschean perspective on this issue.
The Nietzsche Podcast covered veganism well in episode "Beyond Good and Evil #12". It remains one of the best resources in my opinion.
Eating insects holds potential due to the efficient production and diverse flavors. Arguments equating insect consumption to immorality lack strength. Nociceptors in insects don't necessarily imply the experience of pain. Additionally, insects have shorter lifespans. Public sympathy towards insects is limited. Achieving absolute equality has always been an idealistic idea. We have to eat something, certain people claim that plants are capable of feeling emotions through chemical signals.
It turns out that it may not be a great idea afterall.
Misconceptions around nuclear energy exist, but the radioactive matter has to be somewhere. Burying nuclear waste without oversight poses greater risks. The white smoke emitted by nuclear power plants is steam, not toxic. Renewable energy is not as recyclable as commonly believed.
The following video contains more information about problems with renewables.
Companies have a substantial environmental impact, surpassing that of individuals. Convincing companies is essential. Many companies prioritize profit over environmental concerns. They often intentionally design products which break over time. However, there are also companies which do not do this.
Companies and the government often seem to push this issue upon indiviuals, but the impact of indiviuals is completely negligible.
Waste accumulation on islands is a well-known issue. Using trash cans is necessary, if you do not want to live in a place filled with trash. But it doesn't make trash environmentally friendly. Minimalism, which reduces waste generation, can increase productivity by promoting organization and conscious consumption. While the impact of minimalism is also negligible, it can have productivity benefits.
The significance of the environment
The environment has an impact. I won't deny that, but the common people are not solely responsible for it. Long-term solutions require innovation and collective action. What you do is likely negligible.
Microplastics is an interesting topic. I do not have a strong opinion on it, but I generally avoid plastic bottles.