Ahead of the 2015 climate change talks in Paris and US President Barack Obama’s visit to India, two PETA India members bodypainted in the colours of the Indian and United States flags greeted passersby at Jantar Mantar. They held signs reading, “Unite to Save the Planet: Try Vegan”.
PETA is calling on Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to use this opportunity to discuss the detrimental impact of meat and dairy production on climate change.
Raising animals for food is a leading cause of water and land usage and pollution, and a United Nations report concluded that a global shift towards a vegan diet is necessary to combat the worst effects of climate change.
A recent Oxford University study suggests that people who eat meat are responsible for almost twice as many dietary greenhouse-gas emissions per day as vegetarians and about two-and-a-half times as many as vegans. A 2014 study published in New Scientist similarly found that just by going vegan, people can reduce the amount of greenhouse gases that their diet contributes to climate change by up to 60 per cent.
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