Canadian environmental scientist Kurtis Baute has said giving up meat is one of the best things individuals can do to…
Canadian environmental scientist Kurtis Baute has said giving up meat is one of the best things individuals can do to combat climate change. The self-written “whimsical scientist” has recently gained some media fame because of a recent experiment where he locked himself in a plasticized biomarker with more than 200 plants to raise awareness of global warming.
Baute, who holds a master’s degree in environmental science, sealed himself in the 10-foot high plastic-packed biomass, which is in his brother’s and grandson’s backyard in Comox, BC, last week. He announced the plan on his YouTube channel, ScopeofScience, at the end of August. By coping with plants, Baute had hoped that when he was breathing carbon dioxide (CO2) the plants would give him all the oxygen that he would need to survive. The experiment aimed at showing the human environmental impact on a small scale.
“I make this video especially because I think people need to understand how the environment works on a deeper level” he said in the video. “I think the environment is super important and I’m willing to put myself a lot on the line for that.”
Baute initially told Twitter that he expected him to survive in the plastic bubble for at least three days. During his stay, he would carefully monitor his vital and carbon levels for possible changes. However, the BBC reports that Baute had to cut the test shortly after only 1
5 hours. The biomedical plants could not have received sunlight to photosynthesize oxygen, leading to dangerously high levels of carbon dioxide.
Although the experiment did not work as intended, Baute considers it a success. “All for sure. My goal here is to engage people in #climatechange, and see the answer to twitter. I think it has been a great success. Thanks to everyone for your support. Now it’s just the beginning – it’s time to change our lifestyle, “ he wrote on Twitter.
Before the biologist entered, Baute had taken on Twitter to discuss human-induced climate change.
“You can make a real difference here. Right now. Like today. And it’s not even difficult,” he wrote, explaining what individuals can do to reduce their carbon footprint. “# 1 eats less meat, it’s terribly ineffective and uses lots of fossil fuels. Maybe try to give it up for #MeatlessMonday or go further than that …”
Baute is not gone in His advice – more and more researchers agree to reduce meat consumption or adopting a vegan diet is one of the most effective ways to fight global warming. According to the largest ever food production analysis, published in the journal Science in June of June, animal farming is an important contribution to a variety of environmental issues, including global warming, marine acidification and land and water use. The study concluded that a herbal diet is “the only major way to reduce your impact on the planet.”
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Image credits: Kurtis Baute | Instagram
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Bubble Climate Change Researcher Kurtis Baute says giving up meat is critical for human survival
Climate change researcher Kurtis Baute said eating less meat is one of the best ways to fight global warming.