Television host and natural historian Sir David Attenborough has stated that mankind must stop eating meat for the good of the planet.
In a recent video, Attenborough “warned” that “we need to start making serious changes in order to combat climate change,” Sky News reports.
Speaking about the issue, Attenborough commented that those in “the comfortable west” – and especially people in wealthier parts – are often untouched by the effects of global warming, caused by a number of industries, including animal agriculture.
“We may well say… ‘well it doesn’t really matter whether we go on eating meat, because we’re not affected,'” Attenborough commented.
“But in fact, it does matter because it matters to the whole world. And the first people to feel the consequences are, of course, the poor. Those at the bottom of the heap. Those that are really vulnerable to what is happening in the climate,” he continued. Notably, a study published in October found that those with a lower-income were more likely to be concerned about climate change.
“That’s why the whole world together should actually act on their behalf,” Attenborough stated. In late 2017, Attenborough revealed he had stopped eating meat, calling animal farming practices “depressing.”
“We have so much knowledge, we have so much skill, we have so much ingenuity. Of course, we can do something about [climate change]. The question is how much. And we ought to set our sights high and go for the best,” Attenborough said in the video.
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“There are scientists and inventors and industrialists around the world who are very, very ingenious. Homo sapiens is a very ingenious species and I believe it’s got us into this mess, that’s true. But it knew not what it did. And now’s the moment to use that ingenuity and that passion to get us out of it,” he remarked.
Television series “Our Planet” – made in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and narrated by Attenborough – highlights both the beauty and struggles of the world in matters like climate change, overfishing, and deforestation.
Meat and dairy production are leading drivers of these issues as well as water loss, species extinction, rising sea levels, and pollution. Recently, the United Nations stated that tackling meat is the world’s most “urgent” problem, and research from the University of Oxford in the UK uncovered that the single best action a person can take to help the planet is to adopt a vegan diet.
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