Sir Paul McCartney, former Beatle, and his family and a few other celebrities have embarked upon a commendable campaign asking people to abstain from meat and go vegetarian once a week in order to help fight climate change. Sir Paul, his daughters Stella and Mary as well as the celebrities have urged everyone to forsake meat on Mondays.
The campaign, named Meat-Free Monday, is aimed at reducing emissions of greenhouse-gases from the world’s livestock population. Livestock is believed to be one of the main causes of global warming.
In an interview, Sir Paul McCartney told The Independent newspaper of Britain that having one designated meat-free day a week is a meaningful change that everyone can make and that “this goes to the heart of several important political, environmental and ethical issues all at once.”
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has estimated that production of meat is responsible for 18% of greenhouse-gas emissions. Compare this with an estimated 13% of greenhouse-gas emissions from transport!
Linda, former wife of Sir Paul, was an active campaigner for vegetarianism till she died in 1998. An array of meat-free dishes bearing Linda’s name are still being sold.
Besides Sir Paul’s daughters – fashion designer Stella and photographer Mary – the celebrities who are backing the Meat-Free Monday campaign include the Coldplay band’s lead singer Chris Martin, Hollywood stars Kevin Spacey and Woody Harrelson, actress Joanna Lumley, and billionaire-tycoon Sir Richard Branson.
Well, Monday is a great day to start with – then there is Tuesday, Wednesday…
We shall wait for more meat-free days.