LEONARDO DICAPRIO CALLS FOR A “BAN ON BEEF”

leonardo-dicaprio-a-la-premiere-du-film-the-revenant-le-17-decembre-2015-a-hollywood_exact1024x768_l“Climate change is real, it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating.”    

Vegan Actor, Oscar Winner and UN’s Messenger of Peace, Leonardo DiCaprio, spoke at the 5th Annual Global Citizen Festival:

Tonight the world is watching.  We have gathered here tonight to commit ourselves to these global goals to build a future in which shelter, food, clean water, education and basic medical care are seen no longer as privileges for some, but as human rights for all.  But our efforts here will be in vain if we do not also address the forces that are threatening to destroy our very planet, humanity’s only home.  The debate is now over. 

Recently the UN’s panel on climate change issued a historic report.  It concluded without equivocation that climate change is occurring on all of our continents, and in all of our seas, driving ocean acidification, the destruction of our ice sheets, desertification, hurricanes, and catastrophic heat waves.  Now this is hardly new news to any of us but it went on to say that the first people to suffer the effects of these calamities, the first in the global line of fire will be the world’s poor and most marginalized.  2015 was the hottest year in recorded history.  What will this bring to humanity?  Experts are predicting that in Africa alone, 50 million children will be malnourished in the coming decades as climate, poverty are the two dominant factors of food insecurity in South Africa.  Right now Europe is paralyzed trying to absorb the influx of millions of Syrian refugees, but more than a billion people, most of them in Asia, currently live in low-lying coastal regions.  What will happen when they become sea level refugees?  Where will they go.  That’s why tonight, the world needs to manifest change.  The number of natural disasters between 2000 and 2009 was roughly three times greater than it had been in the 1980s.  According to the Red Cross, the growth is almost entirely due to climate change, but the truth is, we do have solutions within our grasp.  Using existing renewable energy technologies, we can meet 100% of the world’s energy demand by 2050.  Think of that.  We could bring electricity to the world’s poor and spare them the threat of a man-made catastrophe.  All it takes is the will of all of us.  Right now, powerful fossil fuel interests are still fighting to monetize the trillions of dollars of carbon they own that is still left under ground.  This December, world leaders will convene in Paris to sign an agreement for an unprecedented global cooperation to address climate change.  I’m going to be there (Leo DiCaprio).  We need to take the steps to confront this all too human disaster together.  We’re running out of time and it is now incumbent upon all of us, all of you, activists, young and old, to please get involved because the environment and the fight for the world’s poor are inherently linked.  The planet can no longer wait.  The under-privileged can no longer be ignored.  This is truly our moment for action.  Please take action.  Thank you very much.”

“Quick Facts About How Animal Agriculture Is Destroying Our Environment

ALANNA KETLER 

Many people are simply unaware of the devastating effects of what modern animal agriculture is doing to our environment, but it is the leading cause of climate change and carbon emissions.

  • 260 million acres (and counting) of U.S. forests have been clear-cut to create land for producing feed for livestock.
  • 70% of the grain that is produced in the U.S. is fed to farm animals
  • Scientists at the Smithsonian Institution have stated that the equivalent of SEVEN football fields of land are bulldozed every single minute to create more land for farming animals.
  • 2,400 gallons of water are needed to produce 1 pound of meat. Only 25 gallons are needed to produce 1 pound of wheat. You would save more water by not showering for 6 months than you would by eating a pound of meat!
  • In the 2004-2005 crop season all the wild animals and trees in over 2.9 million acres of the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil were destroyed in order to grow crops to produce feed for chickens and other factory farmed animals.
  • Close to half of all water used in the USA goes to the production of animals for food.
  • A United Nations report from 2006 states that animal agriculture is “one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global.”
  • The EPA reports that roughly 80 percent of ammonia emissions in the US come from animal waste. Atmospheric ammonia can disrupt aquatic ecosystems, ruin soil quality, damage crops, and jeopardize human health.
  • Cows and sheep are responsible for 37% of the total methane (23 times as warming as CO2) generated by human activity.

You may also be surprised to learn that it takes more than 11 times as much fossil fuel to produce 1 calorie from animal protein as it does to make 1 calorie from plant protein. This is what that process actually looks like:

1)   Grow massive amounts of corn, grain, and soybeans (with all required tilling, irrigation, crop dusters etc.)

2)   Transport the grain and soybeans to feed manufacturers on gas-guzzling 18 wheelers.

3)   Operate the feed mills

4)   Transport the feed to the factory farms

5)   Operate the factory farms

6)   Truck the animals many miles to slaughter

7)   Operate the slaughterhouse

8)   Transport the meat to processing plants

9)   Operate the meat processing plants

10)  Transport the meat to grocery stores

11)   Keep meat refrigerated or frozen in stores until sold

Keep in mind, this would be much more than 11 steps if this meat was being processed further into fast-food or processed packaged products like hot dogs.

In order to save the environment, would you give up beef or at least drastically cut down your intake? Let us know in the comments section below!

Much Love!”

Comments

  1. Absolutely I would give up beef. I haven’t had more than a couple hamburgers of beef this year, so it would not be a major difficulty for me to give up beef completely.

  2. Leonardo, I am amazed you are allowed to attend the the UN Panel on Climate Change..Bravo. Maybe you should have run for office. I would like to see someone get in who really cares about the world. Yes.. I will give up beef and I will be an advocate for climate change. Thank you for standing up for the citizens of the world. More celebreties should get involved. People listen when they speak

    • Elizabeth Rose says:

      Carol,

      Bravo! Give up beef and you save the planet. You’re another positive example, like Leonardo!

      In love and gratitude,

      Elizabeth 🙂