Star-studded Lunch Heralds Launch of Campaign for Part-time Vegetarianism
Former Beatle Paul McCartney's vegetarianism is no secret, in fact he recently proclaimed that going vegan as one of the most important things you can do for the planet. But just because you are unwilling to go all the way, when it comes to a meat-free diet that is, it doesn't mean you can't make a difference. Like the Belgian town of Ghent which is going vegetarian once a week, Paul McCartney is putting his weight behind a campaign to ask everyone to cut out meat from their diet just once a week.
Here's more from The Guardian on McCartney's support for part-time vegetarianism:
Backed by celebrities ranging from Chris Martin to Sheryl Crow, McCartney today launched his Meat Free Monday campaign asking households to cut out meat on Mondays and slow global warming.
"I think many of us feel helpless in the face of environmental challenges, and it can be hard to know how to sort through the advice about what we can do to make a meaningful contribution to a cleaner, more sustainable, healthier world," said McCartney. "Having one designated meat free day a week is actually a meaningful change that everyone can make, that goes to the heart of several important political, environmental and ethical issues all at once."
Reducing meat consumption didn't just slow climate change, he said, but would help to fight global hunger and improve the welfare of animals.
Undoubtedly there will be those who see such one-day-a-week campaigns as feel good tokenism, but I for one think it's encouraging to see activists looking for common ground with folks not ready to drop meat completely. Who knows, maybe tofu will turn out to be a gateway drug for some of them. Check out the Meat Free Monday campaign website, or take a look at the video of the McCartneys' star-studded lunch for the campaign below. And wif you can't face even one day without crunching on a carcass, remember there are still ways you can make your meat go a little further.