November 30, 2009

McCartney: Cut CO2 With ‘Meat-Free Day’

Going vegetarian at least one day a week will help fight global warming, according to Paul McCartney.

The former Beatle is scheduled to deliver an address Thursday to the European Parliament on the matter.

"By making a simple change in the way you eat, you are taking part in a world changing campaign where what's good for you is also good for the planet," the former Beatle told the Parliament Magazine.

"Having one designated meat-free day a week is a meaningful change that everyone can make," he said. "Above all, remember that the future begins with the actions we take now."

McCartney's campaign for a "Meat-free Monday" coincides with his European concert tour, which starts Wednesday in Hamburg, Germany.

A longtime environmental campaigner, McCartney told the EU magazine there is "clear" evidence that meat production is "major contributor" to climate change.

Sustainable food policy should be thought of as a key part in the fight to curb CO2 emissions - something he hopes world leaders will take into consideration at the upcoming Copenhagen climate summit.

"A lower-meat diet could see greenhouse gases reduced by as much as 80 percent," he said.

"Western countries currently eat meat at least seven times a week, but using a series of projected world diets, latest reports recommend reducing that to twice or three times a week."

Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the UN intergovernmental panel on climate change, will be joining McCartney in Brussels, as well as Olivier de Schutter, UN special rapporteur for the right to food, according to AFP.

None of the three eat meat, the Parliament Magazine said.