In a letter to Denmark’s Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen regarding the United Nations Climate Change Conference, the Vegetarian Association of France said “…We would like to propose that you arrange for meals with the lowest possible carbon imprint to be served for everyone throughout the summit, namely vegetarian meals or, even better, vegan ones.
This would be a very strong symbolic gesture underlining the willingness of participants to curb the increasing pace of climate degradation.” As the Association stated, “If ever there was a time to give a strong signal, it is now.” Within France, government leaders are well aware of livestock’s enormous share of greenhouse gas emissions.
In an interview during a recent public event titled “Paris en route to Copenhagen,” the city’s Deputy Mayor Mr. Denis Baupin affirmed the city’s climate plan to promote an increase in organic fruits and vegetables in schools, government and other institutions.
The Honorable Denis Baupin - Deputy Mayor of Paris for Sustainable Development, Environment and Climate Plan (M): We must necessarily reduce the meat in our diet. With regard to livestock, there are greenhouse gas emissions associated with not only livestock occupying the land, but also the processes in the passage from feeding the livestock to consuming the meat, plus all the transportation that is involved. But it's also a lot of methane. And methane is a greenhouse gas that is widely underestimated.
So there really are many reasons today to reduce our consumption of meat, and therefore encourage people to do.
VOICE: Our gratitude Deputy Mayor Baupin and the Paris government for your acknowledgment of the need to stop livestock’s excessive emissions. We also thank the Vegetarian Association of France for raising consciousness among world leaders about the Earth-saving veg diet. We pray that the December Climate Change Conference in Denmark yields results that will rescue our planet.
Supreme Master Ching Hai has been steadfastly calling for the veg-promoting endeavors of governments, organizations, and individuals at this crucial time, as in an August 2009 climate change videoconference in Thailand.