Recent research, that details the devastating effects of animal agriculture on our planet and the environment, has spurred 40 Members of European Parliament (MEPs) to declare their support for the Million Dollar Vegan campaign – including UK MEPs Catherine Bearder and John Flack.
The campaign is asking members of the public to try a vegan diet for Lent, in an effort to raise awareness and take action against climate change. Coordinated by German MEP Stefan Eck, the statement has been signed by MEPs from 17 countries across the EU, and from seven of the eight European parliamentary groups.
Going vegan for Lent
Million Dollar Vegan has recently made headlines all over the world by offering $1 million to a charity of Pope Francis’s choice, if he decides to try vegan for Lent.
The face of the campaign is 12-year-old Genesis Butler, who contacted the Pope in an open letter backed by scientists and celebrities such as Paul McCartney, Woody Harrelson, Moby and Chris Packham, and also visited the Vatican.
The campaign is encouraging people all over the world to take the pledge and reduce their CO2 emissions by choosing a plant-based diet for the period of Lent.
A plant-based diet
Removing animal products from our diets is the single most effective thing we can do as individuals to reduce our impact on the planet. Each person that choses to participate in the Million Dollar Vegan pledge will save emissions equivalent to that of a flight from London to Berlin, according to Oxford University researcher Joseph Poore.
MEP Stefan Eck, who has been coordinating this joint statement together with Million Dollar Vegan, said: ‘In order to at least somewhat mitigate the climate catastrophe ahead of us, we must use every opportunity to reduce emissions that are harmful to the climate. This also means that we must change our diet. Million Dollar Vegan is doing a fantastic job of raising awareness about this important issue. I sincerely hope that hundreds of thousands of people will join this campaign and chose a vegan diet, not just for the protection of our planet, but also for the animals, and for a more just and safe food system.’