Former Ireland President Tells Young Leaders to "Become Vegetarian or Vegan"
Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland, spoke at the One Young World Summit in Ottawa, Canada, to a room full of young leaders, urging them to “eat less meat, or no meat at all.” She discussed the importance of everyone monitoring their carbon footprints, noting that the population cannot go on conducting “business as usual.”
“We need each of us to think about our carbon footprint. Eat less meat, or no meat at all. Become vegetarian or vegan.”
Robinson’s role as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights puts her in a respected position for the 196 young leaders in attendance to follow. She argues how the current rates of human consumption have harmed the planet and that we must all “commit to the Paris agreement” in the name of “climate justice.”
There are other leaders joining the fight against animal agriculture’s death grip on the planet, including Turin mayor Chiara Appendino’s encouragement for vegan education and the Chinese government imploring its citizens to eat less meat. The tipping point for favoring a planet-saving plant-based diet may be rapidly approaching.
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