Did any of you encounter those who do NOT believe that global warming is REAL? Did any of them NOT like the fact that we are trying to encourage people to cut back on the consumption of animal products as a way to help "save the planet"?
If so, what did they say? What do you think will help convince them that global warming IS REAL and/or that cutting back on livestock production will help?
People like this are very difficult to reason with. Suggestions on how to deal with them would be very helpful.
Here is what has happened to me, so far.....
I emailed the link to the newsletter (with a short personal note) to a list of people. Some of them (the ones I thought might be interested) thanked me for sending it. One (who is a member of an organization) said he would discuss this issue with his colleagues to see if they are already doing something or if they would do something about it.....(do not know the results of this, yet). However, those whom I thought would not agree with the articles have NOT emailed back (about this subject), yet. I think THESE FOLKS are trying to AVOID discussing the issues of global warming, livestock production, and health with me!
Also, my husband and I passed out some printed copies of the articles and asked the recipients to read them and then pass them on to someone else -- and so on and so on....... we received a "thank you" from all of those we gave them to BEFORE they read them. We have not had much chance to get into deep conversations with these folks NOW that they HAVE read them and passed them on -- but we have NOT had any bad feedback from them -- so far.....
Actually, I think some of them were a little STUNNED by the articles and did not quite know what to think or say about them!!!
I also snail mailed copies of the articles in a letter to a childhood friend of mine whose family raises beef cattle. They do NOT have one of those HUGE western ranches. They live in the eastern part of the U.S. and have a rather small scale farm -- compared to those out west. (Actually, they used to have dairy cattle and then switched over to beef cattle.) I tried to make the letter very polite and stressed that I was NOT calling ANYONE the "bad guy" but that I sent the articles because they describe how we can help stop global warming -- by cutting livestock production in half. In a previous letter (not long before the newsletter came out), by a WEIRD COINSIDENCE, I had told her how easily we were able to grow Fuyu persimmons (and by judging from their market price in the stores) how profitable we felt it would be for her family to grow and sell them, if they wanted to. This STRANGE first letter made sending her the letter with the articles MUCH easier!
Of course, replacing part of their cattle with persimmon trees might NOT be the right solution for them -- but at least this idea gave them something positive to think about.
I have not received an answer from this friend, yet. (Her mother is very ill, so I do not expect to hear from her real soon.) I hope I did not offend her. I do not think I did, but I still hope I did not...... By the way, I have told her about McDing several times and she admits that I look much better now that I am a McDer -- but she and her family still eat SAD style.
I do NOT expect that my letters will convince her and her family to cut their livestock production by half (or to entirely cut it out) and/or to become McDers. However, I DO think my letters, the articles, the U.N. report ("Livestock's Long Shadow") might leave an impression on her and her family. Then, as more scientific reports about global warming come out, they might think about my letters, the articles, and the U.N. report in conjunction with the "new" reports. Then, PERHAPS, ALL of these TOGETHER might convince her and her family to take some small steps in the right direction.
These things, that my husband and I are doing, are just little steps in the MANY, MANY, MANY steps that I feel are needed to convince people to be a part of the solution to global warming.
I sincerely hope we are doing some good!
I believe we McDougallers can have a loud enough voice to influence enough people to cut back on livestock consumption/farming that we CAN have a positive impact on global warming -- if we REALLY try!