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Release the Elephants


There is an unending (in a good sense) call from environmentalists about reducing our impact on climate change by getting out of our cars, using public transport and cutting the amount of miles we fly.  We are also required, rightly, to reduce our use of fossil fuels. All laudable demands but the one thing I find difficult to accept is the number of elephants that environmentalists have.  Herds of them.

These elephants will be cared for, of course, but in my view they shouldn’t be there at all.  They live in the corners of the meeting rooms and homes of committed environmentalists and no one notices them.  So what are all these elephants representing?

These elephants are sitting quietly in the rooms with a little sign around their necks – Stop Eating Meat.  Rather than leaving it to the elephants and animal welfare groups to make the point, it should be environmentalists who are driving the meat-free diet campaign.

According to the United Nations, meat and dairy production now accounts for 51% of greenhouse gas emissions.  That’s staggering and trounces the emissions from private cars and the odd long haul flight.

Logically, therefore, all environmental groups should have vegetarian and vegan lifestyle as the core of their campaign work.  Otherwise, their calls to reduce climate change are going to ring a little hollow when environmentalists are eating meat and adding significantly to greenhouse gas emissions.  There are far too many vested interests trying to play down climate change and giving these groups ammunition to discredit the whole climate change argument is pointless.

So come on everyone who cares about our environment and the future of the planet – acknowledge the elephants, let them out to roam free and spread the word that MEAT = CLIMATE CHANGE.

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