Animal agriculture is a leading cause of climate breakdown, and meat accounts for nearly 60 per cent of all greenhouse gases from food production. This November Viva!, the UK’s leading vegan charity, and MP Lisa Cameron, are asking the public to go vegan for COP26.
As world leaders unite in Glasgow for COP26 to discuss the future of the planet, Viva! and MP Lisa Cameron are raising awareness of the devastating impact animal agriculture is having on the environment. Going vegan is the SINGLE biggest action individuals can take to reduce their impact on the natural world. Carbon emissions cannot be realistically reduced without a national and global reduction in the consumption of animal products.
MP Lisa Cameron has committed to going vegan for the duration of COP26, aiming to inspire others to ditch meat and dairy for the sake of the planet. Cameron is a dedicated campaigner tackling both the climate crisis and animal welfare issues. She explains her decision to go vegan for COP26:
“I’m delighted to be working with Viva! during COP26. I was vegetarian for decades and have become increasingly aware of the devastating impact animal agriculture is having on our planet and the climate crisis. The scientific evidence is overwhelming clear, we must all drastically change our eating habits if we want to help tackle the climate crisis.
“I’ve been thinking of trying vegan for a while, so this is the perfect incentive for me to give it a go.”
By choosing to reduce our consumption of animal products, as a species, we can reduce the widespread degradation of critical ecosystems, promote a shift to more healthy, sustainable plant-based diets an actively reverse damage done to planetary functions, ecosystem services and biodiversity.