Paul McCartney and Joaquin Phoenix among others have chosen to support Veganuary, see how we all can benefit from this initiative that started in 2014.
Musicians, actors and sportspeople have joined forces with environmentalists hoping people will stop eating meat, fish and dairy products in an effort to stop climate change and possibly a new pandemic.
Chris Packham, environmental campaigner, author, and TV presenter, states that there is a direct link between climate change, large-scale meat consumption and coronavirus.
This virus leaped from animals into us as Sars, Ebola and HIV did – all because we were abusing the natural environment and the animals that live there,”
He added that we had to understand that we are connected to nature and the food we eat directly impacts nature and changing our diet is paramount to help the environment.
They are hoping 500,000 will be persuaded to try veganism in January –last year 350,000 people took part in the initiative.
Before the pandemic, global meat sales had started to decline, unfortunately during the lockdown meat consumption rose.
Animal agriculture is responsible for almost 15% of all greenhouse gas emissions generated by humans. Forests are destroyed to grow crops to feed animals on farms. Deforestation is dangerous for several reasons –it is why many animals become extinct, it displaces indigenous peoples, drives climate change and it gets us in contact with wild animals and viruses they host, i.e.: it raises the risk of yet another pandemic.
The chickens you can get at supermarkets in the UK are fed with soy produced in felled Brazilian rainforests, so by eating chicken you are connecting yourself with deforestation in the Amazonia.
Packham says that the change doesn’t have to happen overnight, because it wouldn’t be beneficial for the meat farmers or the landscapes, where good-quality animal husbandry and livestock farming could be good for biodiversity. In fact, we need a transition where people eat less meat and raise the price of it so more money can actually go to the farmer’s pocket.
Now that you know that you can help the environment by reducing your meat intake, will you give Veganuary a try?
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