COP21 and Meatless Monday:
Less Meat = Less Heat

December 7th, 2015


This year, Meatless Monday will host a presentation on global warming at the Climate Generations area next to the Paris-Le Bourget site of the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention (COP21). COP21 will bring together scientists, officials, and activists to discuss how we can work together to limit any increased global warming to only 2°C. (3.6°F) According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, global warming of more than 2°C over the pre-industrial average temperature would have serious ramifications for the planet.

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The Climate Generations areas will host presentations from civil society projects that are tied to combating climate change through limiting greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to zero-waste goals, and recycling; the Meatless Monday presentation will include a talk and panel of experts who can point out the many ways reducing meat consumption can reduce greenhouse gas production.

How does eating less meat impact global warming? With the demand for meat on the rise globally, industrial agriculture is forced to produce enough animals to meet demand. Producing, processing, and shipping massive a quantity of livestock has a side effect: massive greenhouse gas pollution. Meat production accounts for 15% of greenhouse gas emissions – that’s even more than the transportation sector!

AIG's Meatless Monday program hosts a luncheon encouraging attendees to consider how their meals effect the planet.

AIG’s Meatless Monday program hosts a luncheon at COP21 encouraging attendees to consider how their meals effect the planet.

While many know that too much meat can be bad for your health, many miss the connection between their plate and the health of the planet. Studies suggest that if everyone went meatless one day a week, by 2050 the yearly reduction in green house gas emissions could be up to 1.3 gigatons! That’s the equivalent of taking over 273 million passenger vehicles off the road, or closing 341 coal-fired power plants, for a year.

“Unfortunately, the connection of meat consumption to climate change is not garnering the serious attention it deserves” says Roni Neff, PhD, attending director of the Food System Sustainability Program at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future and an assistant professor with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. “Much of the talk at COP21 will be focused on government policies in energy and transportation, but we can’t get from here to there without also changing diets. That’s a win-win for climate and for public health.”

With attendees from around the world, expert speakers, and a schedule of interactive panels and workshops, presentations in the Climate Generations areas will be excellent opportunities to collaborate in the struggle to end global warming. The Meatless Monday presentation and panel will help demonstrate how a small change at the dinner table can make a difference around the world!

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Interested in attending? The Meatless Monday presentation will be held on December 9th, 15:00 – 18:30, in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium of the Climate Generations area.

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