December 5, 2012

Paul McCartney writes to UN

Paul McCartney has written to United Nations officials urging them to consider promoting vegetarian initiatives in order to combat climate change.

The Beatles icon has been a long time advocate of the Meat Free Mondays initiative, which urges food lovers cut all animal products from their diets one day a week, and just last month he encouraged Americans to forgo a turkey dinner while celebrating Thanksgiving Day.

Now he has called on government leaders convening in Qatar at the Conference of the Parties to utilize the practice in other countries around the world to minimize the negative effects of livestock production on global warming.

In a letter to Christiana Figueres, the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, he writes, "Although more and more evidence is coming to light showing how the growth of the global meat industry is having alarming environmental consequences, the impact of the livestock sector on global warming does not yet seem to have been acknowledged by the Conference of the Parties (COP).

"I therefore call upon you to bring this issue to the attention of the conference and encourage the adoption of policy and individual actions, such as a weekly meat-free day... Encouraging initiatives such as Meat Free Monday would make a considerable difference to the future of the planet."

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