Arnold Schwarzenegger Advocates Part-Time Vegetarianism For Planet
Arnold Schwarzenegger, former California governor, has advocated for ‘part-time’ vegetarianism in order to help curb the effects of climate change.
While Schwarzenegger has stated that he believes giving up meat completely would be too “demanding”, he still believes that everyone needs to make the effort to stop contributing to the creation of green house gases, and that slow and gradual changes to lifestyle habits are key. The star of the Terminator movie series was in Paris for a UN climate conference, and gave an interview to the BBC. He stated:
“People will buy in to stop eating meat one or two days a week – you have to start slowly. It’s a very big challenge but it doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be done. Twenty-eight per cent of the greenhouse gasses come from eating meat and from raising cattle, so we can do a much better job.”
According to the United Nations, emissions from farming, forestry and fisheries have almost doubled over the last 50 years, and are estimated to increase by 30% in 2050. Schwarzenegger stated he believes meat consumption is an environmental concern. He was asked during his talk about whether or not, as a former bodybuilder, asking people to adopt a more plant-based lifestyle was hypocritical. He stated:
“Luckily we know that you can get your protein source from many different ways, you can get it through vegetables if you are a vegetarian. I have seen many body builders that are vegetarian and they get strong and healthy.”
He also made an appeal to decision-makers at the conference, urging them to focus on clean energy sources. He stated:
“This is the challenge of our time and this is the real world. This is not the movie world which is the other world that I come from. There are no visual effects here, no special effects, there is no script writing that we can change for a better ending – nothing like that.”
Schwarzenegger also shared his views on his Facebook page on climate change, stating: “I see your questions. Each and every time I post on my Facebook page or tweet about my crusade for a clean energy future, I see them. To use one of the four-letter words all of you commenters love, I don’t give a damn if you believe in climate change.” The full post can be viewed here.
While the former-bodybuilder once played a film role where he said his opponent “hit like a vegetarian”, it seems that in real life that may not be such a bad thing after all!
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