ProVeg International have announced that they will be leading the debate on the contribution of livestock to Climate Change at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn next week.
COP23 (Conference of the Parties) is the latest climate talk since the Paris Agreement and ProVeg will be the only organisation there addressing the impact of animal agriculture. Animal agriculture is responsible for nearly 15 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions around the world. This is more than the whole world’s transport combined.
A study this year found that a staggering four out of every five British people don’t know that the farming of animals such as cows and sheep is a key contributor to climate change and therefore this is an important step towards raising awareness.
Jimmy Pierson, Director of ProVeg UK, said: “We’re at COP23 to ensure that world leaders include animal agriculture at this crucial stage of climate discussions. For far too long the livestock sector has been brushed under the carpet. This has to change.
“By focusing so narrowly on energy and transport, policymakers have been excluding the key missing piece of the puzzle. Now is the time to have cars and cows on the same climate agenda, otherwise the industrial juggernaut that is animal agriculture will destroy our planet.
“It’s no secret just how destructive animal agriculture is. We have the facts, the science and solutions. What we haven’t had yet is the political will to turn these into policy.
“While we’re calling for action on the part of world leaders, individuals don’t have to wait to have a positive climate impact. By simply tweaking what you eat, every single person can make a significant contribution to this global movement.
“Plant-based diets produce half the amount of greenhouse gas emissions and use a fraction of the land and water required for meat-based diets. We encourage people to start replacing meat and dairy products day-by-day or, even better, replace them altogether with healthy, sustainable and delicious plant-based foods.”