A newly released video starring Paul McCartney, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, and Stella and Mary McCartney urges people to eat plant-based foods to combat climate change.
Titled One Day a Week, the video is part of a Meatfree Mondays campaign that launched in 2009.
Its release strategically coordinated with this week’s U.N. Climate Change Conference, One Day a Week sheds light on animal agriculture’s absence from climate change discussions.
A campaign spokesperson at Meatfree Mondays explains:
With dire consequences for ourselves and future generations, livestock production results in vast amounts of greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere. It requires increasingly unsustainable levels of precious resources including land, water and energy, and is a major contributor towards global environmental degradation and climate change.
Eating plant-based one day a week is a huge step in the right direction. To make an even greater impact on climate change, consider going completely vegan.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, carbon dioxide emissions from raising farmed animals make up about 15 percent of global human-induced emissions, with beef and milk production as the leading culprits.
A 2015 report by U.K.-based think tank Chatham House found that by switching to a plant-based diet we could keep the earth from warming above 2 degrees Celsius from preindustrial levels. The report also suggested that governments lead the way.
Simply by eating plant-based, you cut your carbon footprint in half. Keep in mind that a pound of beef requires 13 percent more fossil fuel and 15 times more water to produce than a pound of soy.
It’s clear that switching to a vegan diet is the best action you can take for the planet. But it also protects your health and animals who suffer immensely at factory farms.
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