Greta Thunberg’s rousing speech at a UN conference this week has sent her soaring to an almost god-like status as the face of the climate change revolution.
It’s been quite a year for the Swedish teenage activist. After convincing her parents to go vegan alongside her, she began striking against climate change every Friday on her own outside Swedish parliament.
Her dedication to the cause snowballed into a worldwide movement, with millions of school children and adults marching the streets this month demanding action from world leaders.
A quick scan through the crowds and you’ll see Greta’s name everywhere – ‘We stand with Greta’, ‘In Greta we trust’, ‘Thank you Greta’ feature besides references to her powerful speech.
The achievement of this young activist is phenomenal – named as one of TIME’s Women Who Will Change The World and odds-on favorite for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize as she inspires a new generation of activists around the world.
Anyone who accepts the realities of climate change adores Greta – from Prince Harry to Arnold Schwarzenegger to David Attenborough – and rightly so.
But as important as Thunberg’s messages are, they are easy to get on board with.
Her speeches are aimed at the elite – business tycoons who are destroying the planet and world leaders who aren’t saving it. Greta’s tells these bogeymen that ‘change is coming, whether you like it or not’.
Sure, we can blame the politicians and business leaders for the world falling apart, and it’s especially easy to cheer on the message when it’s delivered by a brilliant, charismatic teenager. But if politicians listened to Greta, what would their actions actually look like?
Greta, a vegan herself, falls short of giving demanding vegan-related policies – most likely because she would then fall out of favor with a large chunk of her supporters.
But in reality, raising animals for meat, eggs and milk generates 14.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions. That’s the second highest source of emissions and greater than all transportation combined.
So if Greta got her way and leaders acted to prevent climate change, they would surely need to start with taxing meat or, preferably, banning factory farming altogether.
If people really want to show solidarity with Greta Thunberg and carve a better future for the next generation, the first step is to follow her lead, take some personal responsibility and ditch animal products from our diets.
What influence can Greta Thunberg have on climate change? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!
Vegan culture, food, beauty & more
Vegan Nottingham student creates budget-friendly oat milk machine to reduce carbon footprint and combat rising prices
- Mohsina Dodhiya
- 30th May 2023
The invention is sustainable and cost-effective. A vegan undergraduate studying product design at Nottingham Trent University has developed a container that can help people create their own oat milk at home for just 20 pence per litre. “Oatilicious,” provides significant cost savings compared to store-bought oat milk for up to £2.20 per carton. The innovative …
Continue reading “Vegan Nottingham student creates budget-friendly oat milk machine to reduce carbon footprint and combat rising prices”
Bear Grylls ’embarrassed’ by past vegan diet promotes meat, blood, and bone marrow for better health
- Mohsina Dodhiya
- 15th May 2023
“I’ve tried to listen to my body more, tried to listen to nature, and I don’t miss vegetables at all. I don’t go near them, and I’ve never felt stronger, my skin’s never been better, and my gut’s never been better.” Adventurer and TV presenter Bear Grylls has become a die-hard carnivore fan after admitting …
Continue reading “Bear Grylls ’embarrassed’ by past vegan diet promotes meat, blood, and bone marrow for better health”
NEED A LAUGH?
All the quizzes you love to binge!
QUIZ: If you score 11/12 on this quiz, you’re a verified vegan food expert
- Marlon Farrugia
- 10th January 2020
How much vegan knowledge do you have stored away? Do you have to Google your way through a shopping trip, or do you have all the bad E-numbers memorised? Find out now with this quiz. Marlon Farrugia Marlon Farrugia is a freelance writer from Brighton. He has been a dedicated vegan for many years, and …
Continue reading “QUIZ: If you score 11/12 on this quiz, you’re a verified vegan food expert”
QUIZ: What is your perfect Vegan Halloween Costume?
- Marlon Farrugia
- 13th October 2019
Spook Season approaches. There will be ghosts, goblins, ghouls, and glucose. You need a costume, and you want to it to show off your personality, which means VEGAN. But what to choose? Take our quiz to find out your perfect outfit. Marlon Farrugia Marlon Farrugia is a freelance writer from Brighton. He has been a …
Continue reading “QUIZ: What is your perfect Vegan Halloween Costume?”
QUIZ: What kind of vegetable are you?
- Marlon Farrugia
- 26th September 2019
“If you were a vegetable, what kind would you be?” A question that has tormented humanity throughout the ages – until now. Read: QUIZ: If you score 19/20 on THIS quiz, you’re a Vegan God Marlon Farrugia Marlon Farrugia is a freelance writer from Brighton. He has been a dedicated vegan for many years, and …