“To feed the billions of cows, pigs and chickens, even if you don't care about cruelty, even if you refuse to admit that they are individuals with feelings, who feel pain and have emotions, even if you don't admit that, you have to admit that huge areas of forest are cut down to grow grains to feed them. Heavy cattle grazing is turning forests into scrub ... [Cattle feed ends up being] methane ... a greenhouse gas even more potent than carbon dioxide. About 36% of all methane emissions come from intensive cattle raising ”.
The article notes that Goodall spoke at the United Nations Climate Summit, held in Paris late last year. Among other issues, Goodall referred to the ignorance of the Republican Party candidates in denying the existence of climate change, the need to put a stop to the intensive raising of animals for human consumption and their decision to go vegetarian given their concern about the weather.
Goodall is not the only one concerned about the impact of diet on climate.
A few months ago, a UK-based committee of experts pointed out that adopting a plant-based diet could prevent the Earth from warming above 2 ° C from pre-industrial levels.
In addition, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, carbon dioxide emissions derived from raising animals for human consumption represent around 15% of global emissions generated by human activities, with production being of meat and milk the main culprit.
Goodall is passionate about protecting the environment and animals. She was one of the first scholars to closely explore the lives of animals. His work with chimpanzees has been recognized around the world and throughout his life he has encouraged many people to act compassionately.
You can follow Goodall's example and protect the planet and the animals. You just have to leave meat and other animal products off your plate!
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* Dame Jane Morris Goodall (London, April 3, 1934, with the name of Valerie Jane Morris Goodall) is a primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist and messenger of peace of the English UN. She is considered the world's leading expert on chimpanzees, and is known for her 55-year study of the social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees in Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania. She is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and the Roots & Shoots program. He has worked extensively on animal welfare and conservation issues. He has been a member of the committee of the Non-Human Rights Project since its foundation in 1996 (Wikipedia).