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More points of light.

Thank you for "Points of Light: The World Wakes Up to Climate Change" (feature, July/August 2006). Switching to a vegetarian or vegan diet is a major step someone can take to curb greenhouse gas emissions, but it was overlooked in An Inconvenient Truth. Meat production contributes to the burning of forests to make land for farm animals, factory farms and other carbon dioxide-producing industries. On top of that, methane and nitrous oxide are emitted from the animals and their wastes. Switching to a vegetarian diet saves the equivalent of 1.5 tons of carbon dioxide annually. More information is available at

William McMullin

Mr. Morris, MI

The best part of your July/August 2006 climate change issue was the Farm Animal Reform Movement and In Defense of Animals' "STOP GLOBAL WARMING: GO VEG" message on the back cover. Hurrah for FARM and IDA for making the connection between factory farming and global warming, and for working so hard to make a safer world for all animals.

Kerry Masters

Liberty Lake, WA

Thank you for the timely article "Points of Light." With this article and Al Gore's film, An Inconvenient Truth, I do not understand why the world will not wake up to the irreversible damage being done to our planet by global warming. Although I have never been a big fan of Al Gore, I applaud his efforts to popularize the issue of global warming. Indeed, this is not a Republican or Democratic issue. It is a moral one. I am encouraged by the innovative work being done by a handful of cities and countries highlighted in your article. Yet I still question if these small changes will be enough. When will we start safeguarding tomorrow, instead of living only for today?

John Trybus

Oak Park, IL
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Title Annotation:ADVICE & DISSENT: Letters from our readers
Author:Trybus, John
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Nov 1, 2006
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