Billie Eilish, Moby, Joaquin Phoenix and Stephen Fry are calling on world leaders to debate industrial livestock farming at the upcoming COP26 climate summit in early November. in Glasgow.
Billie Eilish calls on world leaders to recognize the role of industrial livestock farming on climate change
Eighteen stars signed a letter to Alok Sharm, a member of the British parliament and president of the COP26 climate summit, in which they call on him and other summit participants to “formal and public recognition of the role of industrial livestock farming as one of the biggest drivers of climate change.”
The other signatories of the letter included: Ricky Gervais, Joanna Lumley, Deborah Meaden, Harry Potter star Evanna Lynch, singer Leona Lewis, Chris Packham, actors Alicia Silverstone, Alan Cumming and Daisy Ridley, singer Alesha Dixon, model Lily Cole, singers Phineas O’Connell and James McVey and reality TV star Lucy Watson.
Billie Eilish and the others who signed the letter argue that industrial livestock farming should be on the COP26 program because it is the second largest source of harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
“Scientists are saying bluntly that eating a plant-based diet is one of the most impressive measures we can take to prevent catastrophic climate change,” said Moby.
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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations says the world’s livestock farming is responsible for 14.5 percent. carbon dioxide emissions, but other studies have shown that emissions can be as high as 16.5%, which is more than the annual emissions of global transport. Scientists predict that the demand for meat could increase by 80% by 2030 and by more than 200% by 2050.
Billie Eilish and other plant-based celebrities warn that without massive changes to animal husbandry systems, the world will not be able to maintain a safety threshold of 2 ° C of temperature rise.
Industrial livestock farming is having a disastrous impact on the environment
In a letter prepared in cooperation with Humane Society International / UK you can read: “With industrial livestock farming, being the main source of greenhouse gas emissions, it is impossible to achieve the goals set out in the Paris Agreement without changing the global food system.”
“We call on the UNFCCC” [Ramowa Konwencja Narodów Zjednoczonych w sprawie Zmian Klimatu] to formally and publicly recognize the role of industrial livestock farming as one of the greatest contributors to climate change and to open up more space for dialogue. “
The industrial breeding of animals for meat and the production of dairy products is responsible for the greater emotion of gas than the global transport. PAUL ELLIS / AFP / East News
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About 88 billion land animals are killed worldwide each year, more than 55 billion of which is meat and skin. Industrial livestock breeding takes up about 80 percent. of global agricultural land, and yet meat production provides less than a fifth of the world’s calories.
Industrial animal husbandry is responsible for deforestation, species extinction, land degradation, pollution of surface waters and water reservoirs, disturbance of drinking water management, and has a negative impact on air quality.
A number of reports have concluded that meat consumption should be reduced in order to reduce CO2 emissions.
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