Many famous politicians, including MP Kerry and Mc Carthy, have signed a letter inviting people of the UK to try a Vegan diet for January. One of the world-famous organization, “Veganuary.” This organization has pledged to make people aware of the benefits of going vegan for January and beyond. The main aim of organizing this is to deal with climatic change and to prevent further pandemics.
Now, you might be thinking that what is the connection of food with global pandemics?
Well, animal farming is leading to deforestation and biodiversity loss. This itself is a growing concern because we cannot grow trees in a day. Moreover, chicken farms are a breeding ground for the next global pandemic. All these farms have already given us swine flu, known as H1N1, and avian flu, known as H5N1. Leading to an increase in mortality rate.
The world is already suffering a lot because of the global pandemic of the Coronavirus, and now it’s variants. We cannot afford to face another global pandemic at the moment. So, to save ourselves and our near and dear ones, we must shift to a vegan diet.
The open letter was signed by many politicians as well, including MPs Caroline Lucas (Green, Brighton Pavillion), Kerry McCarthy (Labour, Bristol East), Henry Smith (Conservative, Crawley), and Christina Rees (Labour, Neath). Baroness Jenny Jones, Jonathon Bartley, and the co-leader of the green party.
To promote this and encourage more and more people to try vegan, many celebrities also signed this letter—stars including Ricky Gervais, Bryan Adams, Jane Goodall, Chris Packhman, and Paul McCartney.
The letter stated that animal agriculture is hugely responsible for the rise of generated greenhouse gas emissions. The research conducted by Oxford University noted that animal products create more emissions than almost every plant product.
Pandemic experts say it
Pandemic experts warn this because one billion tons of food has been produced to feed the animals we farm, far more than is needed if people shift to eat plants. The farm where the animals are reared, or where animal food is prepared, has to come from somewhere. For the same purpose, deforestation is increasing rapidly, and we are even losing our biodiversity.
Definitely, we cannot tackle climatic changes if we continue using animal products. To change the climatic conditions, we our-self have to change first. If we stop consuming animal products, the emissions level will go down, ultimately improving the climatic conditions.
The letter concludes, with an eye-opening message for all the readers, by stating that, today we can urge people to create a better future by signing up the pact for January with Veganuary, as this will indeed reduce the carbon emissions and will also encourage more and more people in future to go vegan.
By signing this letter together, we can create a safer world for all, and we can avoid future global pandemics.