Sir Paul McCartney has called on the United Nations to support Meatless Monday. The former Beatle recently wrote a letter to two key members of the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), asking them to acknowledge meat’s impact on the environment and encourage people around the world to cut back.
UNFCC Executive Secretary, Ms. Christiana Figueres and Mr. H.E. Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, President-Elect for this year’s convention, each received a letter on behalf of the UK’s Meat-Free Monday campaign. In it, McCartney asked them to support policy and personal action that would help reduce overall meat consumption:
“Although more and more evidence is coming to light showing how the growth of the global meat industry is having alarming environmental consequences, the impact of the livestock sector on global warming does not as yet seem to have been acknowledged by the Conference of the Parties (COP). I therefore call upon you to bring this issue to the attention of the conference and encourage the adoption of policy and individual actions, such as a weekly meat-free day.”
Paul also asked Ms Figueres and Mr Al-Attiyah to acknowledge the connection between meat production and climate change by introducing additional food criteria in the sustainability guidelines issued for the upcoming Doha conference.
Weekly campaigns like Meatless Monday fit perfectly into the UN’s goals for environmental sustainability. Just two months ago, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) put out an alert that highlighted the need for a long-term campaign, like Meatless Monday, to help people make the transition to healthier levels of meat consumption.