“Being vegan is a great way to support the natural world and to live sustainably.”
Over 100 international signatories including celebrities, NGOs, athletes, business leaders, and politicians have signed an open letter calling on everyone to help fight climate chaos and prevent future pandemics by going vegan.
The open letter is an initiative of Veganuary – the global organisation which encourages people to eat vegan in January and beyond.
The letter outlines how 2020 with the global pandemic and the looming climate crisis has essentially been a wake-up call for people to finally acknowledge that the source of these threats is linked to our consumption of animal products.
Paul McCartney, Bryan Adams and a slew of other hi-profile dignitaries have signed the letter to urge people ‘to go into 2021 with positivity and a determination to do all we can to protect our planet, its wild spaces and the health and wellbeing of all its inhabitants’.
Other signatories include Jane Goodall, Chris Packham, MP Kerry McCarthy, Ricky Gervais, Alan Cumming, Evanna Lynch, and organisations like Greenpeace UK, Friends of the Earth, and Centre For A Responsible Future.
In the letter, Veganuary points out that “animal agriculture is responsible for an estimated 14.5 % of all human-generated greenhouse gas emissions.”
It states that pandemic experts have warned that factory farms – especially chicken farms – are breeding grounds for the next global pandemic because of their overcrowded, squalid conditions. It highlighted that H1N1 (swine flu) and H5N1 (avian flu)are by-products of such farms.
The letter also points out that more than one billion tonnes of food is grown to feed the billions of animals we farm, and this has led to more forests around the world being destroyed. According to research, more than 80 % of deforestation in Brazil has occurred in order to procure land for grazing farmed animals.
Urging everyone to make 2021 the ‘year for positive change’, Veganuary in its letter ‘offers hope for a better future’.
It says among others things that we need to do to protect our planet, wild habitat and the health and wellbeing of all its inhabitants, is ‘change our diets’, and with that it urges people to try vegan for January with Veganuary.
“Together, we can create a world that is kinder and safer for all.”
The efforts are definitely paying off. In a recent Instagram post, the organization revealed that “250,000 people have already signed up to try vegan with Veganuary this January!”
‘We must all act now’
“2020 has brought much hardship and heartbreak, but it has also given us an opportunity to change and build a better future. Our united message is one of hope – but we must all act now,” Toni Vernelli, Veganuary’s international head of communications.
Chris Packham, letter signatory and Veganuary ambassador, said: “Trashing the planet does none of us any good, as the coronavirus pandemic shows all too clearly.
“But we can emerge from this stronger and wiser, with a renewed commitment to protecting the environment, its inhabitants and our own futures. Being vegan is a great way to support the natural world and to live sustainably.”
Share this story to encourage others to try vegan with Veganuary this January.
Vegan culture, food, beauty & more
8 practical ways you get your loved ones to quit eating meat
- Mohsina Dodhiya
- 31st March 2023
Eating meat has long been a contentious issue, with people often having strong opinions on both sides of the discussion. For those who are committed to a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, it can be difficult to watch their loved ones continue to consume meat. However, there are ways to have a constructive and persuasive conversation …
Continue reading “8 practical ways you get your loved ones to quit eating meat”
The Lord of the Rings franchise under fire after horse dies on set for the second time
- Mohsina Dodhiya
- 27th March 2023
PETA renews calls for Hollywood to replace animals with CGI Amazon’s television series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power has come under fire after a horse died during rehearsals for a season 2 scene in the UK. The horse was one of about 30 on set that day and died of cardiac …
Continue reading “The Lord of the Rings franchise under fire after horse dies on set for the second time”
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 …