Raising Chickens and Climate Change
by Jeff Darr
(Moreno Valley, CA, USA)
Family Living a Sustainable Life
Climate change, specifically a rapid climate change, is a huge problem that affects every person living on this planet we call home.
You just have to watch the news, surf the web or pick up a newspaper to see that our planet is in trouble.
Signs of Climate Change
Some of the more drastic signs of global climate change are:
- Melting ice caps leading to rising oceans, flooding, and a loss of fresh water
- Droughts causing crop shortages and starvation
- A huge increase in violent storms
- An increase in hurricanes like Katrina that destroy thousands of people’s lives as well as doing billions of dollars in damage.
Rapid and dramatic climate change is the cause, but the change in climate is caused by the way that we live and how we treat the Earth.
The use of fossil fuels to power our vehicles, the use of chemicals that go into the soil and the air, the huge amount of energy and resources used for food packaging, the amount of waste generated by food packaging that go into the landfills (Styrofoam egg cartons can take 100’s of years to degrade!), and the fumes put out by burning waste all damage the delicate balance of our ecosystem.
This is a huge contributor to climate change.
Our Moral Duty
The ecosystem is alive and we all need to be more eco-friendly by decreasing our carbon footprint
If we all just made a few changes in our life styles and habits, we could make a big difference in helping to slow or stop climate change.
One way we can all make a difference is through ecologically sound living practices whenever possible.
A New Trend
A great first step is to have your own small flock of chickens and your own vegetable garden.
If you’ve never considered this, it may at first sound crazy, but it is a trend that has caught fire and is growing every day.
There are many benefits:
- Owning your own flock of small chickens will give you fresh eggs almost daily.
- The chicken manure can be composted to create an excellent and free fertilizer.
- The fertilizer can be used on your vegetable garden to organically grow big, healthy, fresh vegetables.
- When the chicken is ready to be harvested, you have healthy chemical free chicken meat.
How it Helps
This is the way nature intended for things to work. It’s good for us; it’s good for the planet.
The reason it’s good for the planet is because everything is done organically so there are no harmful chemicals going into the soil or the atmosphere.
You’re driving less often to get food which saves gas. Moreover, you’re generating less waste from the packaging that food from supermarkets come in, which means less trash will be going into landfills and/or incinerated.
All of this decreases our carbon footprint which will make a huge difference in our ability to help slow or stop global climate change.