Jane Goodall, Ricky Gervais, Bryan Adams and 100 other celebrities sign an open letter urging the public to go vegan in January
A group of more than 100 international celebrities, athletes, activists, politicians and business leaders have signed an open letter I urge everyone to go vegan in January and beyond. Published by the Veganuary global campaign, the letter includes signatories such as actors Edie Falco, Alan Cumming and Evanna Lynch; Comedians Ricky Gervais, Tig Notaro and John Bishop; Athletes Dotsie Bausch (Olympic cyclist), Patrik Baboumian (strong man) and Kuntal Joisher (climber); Environmental activists and organizations Jane Goodall, Chris Packham, Greenpeace UK and Friends of the Earth; Musicians Paul McCartney, Chrissie Hynde and Bryan Adams; and many others.
“Destroying the planet is of no use to either of us, as the coronavirus pandemic shows all too clearly,” said Packham, letter signer and Veganuary Ambassador. “But we can emerge from it stronger and wiser and we can once again work to protect the environment, its inhabitants and our own future. Being vegan is a great way to support the natural world and live sustainably. “
The letter describes the environmental damage caused by animal husbandry and points to the animal causes of diseases such as H1N1 (swine flu) and H5N1 (bird flu) and warns that the next pandemic could come from factory farms. “2020 was an unforgettable year in which our attention was split between fears of the coronavirus and fears of climate change. What is becoming more and more apparent is that these two threats have something in common; Both are closely related to our consumption of animal products, ”says the letter. “Catastrophic climate breakdowns and global pandemics couldn’t be more severe, but they are not inevitable. If we act now, the future may be better. So let us go into the year 2021 with determination and determination to do all we can to protect our planet, its wild spaces and the health and well-being of all its inhabitants. To do this, we have to change our diet. “
Veganuary was founded in 2014 and is well on the way to meeting its goal of 500,000 participants by 2021. 250,000 people have already registered as vegans for the month of January.