Will the Bureau of Meteorology Name Heatwaves and Bushfires After Climate-Heating Meat, Eggs, and Dairy?

Posted on by PETA Australia

Following sustainability group Renew’s call for Australia to name heatwaves, PETA is urging the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) to go one step further and name future heatwaves – and bushfires – after environmentally damaging meat, eggs, and dairy.

Australia is increasingly seeing the devastating effects of climate change, with high temperatures and ever-worsening bushfire seasons. By taking the unique opportunity to give heatwaves monikers such as Heatwave Beef, Heatwave Eggs, and Heatwave Cheese, the BoM can remind people that using animals for food is one of the biggest drivers of climate change and empower them to make better choices that also spare sensitive animals a miserable life and a terrifying death.

Image is illustration of Australia with the word "MEAT" written in smoke.

Animal agriculture is fuelling the climate catastrophe, and the most comprehensive analysis to date concludes that eating vegan produces 75% less climate-heating emissions and water pollution than meat-rich diets and requires 75% less land.

According to the United Nations, about a third of all human-caused greenhouse gas emissions is linked to food production, and the largest percentage of these emissions comes from the meat and dairy industries. Every person who goes vegan spares the lives of nearly 200 animals each year and reduces their risk of developing heart disease and cancer.

The best way to reduce your carbon footprint and spare countless lives is to eat vegan. PETA stands ready to help you make the switch to a sustainable and compassionate diet.