As fires continue to devastate parts of Australia, Pamela Anderson, who is visiting the Gold Coast, has written to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk with a plea to take meaningful and urgent action to save lives in the future.
“As you’ve already noted, the science is clear: climate change has played a key role in the severity of this year’s bushfires,” Anderson writes. “But acknowledging this is only half the battle. Australia has one of the highest greenhouse-gas emissions per capita of any nation, largely driven by one sector: animal agriculture.”
“Just as your government is surely working on emissions-saving energy and transport policies, you could lead by example by implementing a climate-friendly vegan food policy for government functions, along with transitioning the menu at Sometimes Strangers’ Restaurant at Parliament House to an all-vegan one.”
In the largest study of its kind, researchers at the University of Oxford concluded that cutting animal “products” from our diets is the “single biggest way” to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and conserve water and land. The United Nations has also stated that a global shift towards vegan eating is necessary to combat the worst effects of climate change.
You can read the letter in full below: