How would it be if we could make a New Year’s resolution that would change the world? By pledging to eat less meat or by giving up eating meat, we can.
This is not only a compassionate alternative (billions of animals suffer in factory farms around the world every year) but it will also save the planet from global warming.
You can start by joining Paul McCartney’s Meat Free Monday campaign here
Or, better still, change to a healthy, plant-based diet completely.
The report produced by the influential think-tank, Chatham House, on 24th November, entitled Changing Climate, Changing Diets: Pathways to Lower Meat Consumption, states that almost 15% of global emissions are caused by the livestock sector and a reduction in meat consumption could drastically reduce emissions. Its findings were that:
- Our appetite for meat is a major driver of climate change.
- Reducing global meat consumption will be critical to keeping global warming below the ‘danger level’ of a two degrees Celsius rise.
- Public awareness of the issue is low, and meat remains off the policy agenda.
- Governments must lead in shifting attitudes and behaviours.
The report can be read at https://www.chathamhouse.org/publication/changing-climate-changing-diets and comes on top of a decision by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to classify meat as carcinogenic.
So go on, give up eating meat and make a New Year’s resolution that will change the world.