Animal agriculture is one of the world’s largest contributors to climate change, responsible for 14.5% of greenhouse gas emissions – more than the entire transport sector. This means more than cars, planes, trains, and ships combined. Yet, thus far, this has barely been discussed by world leaders and policy makers.((Vermeulen, S. J. et al. (2012): Climate Change and Food Systems. Annual Review of Environment and Resources 37, p.195–222))
We need to change our global food system. Shifts in the way we produce and consume our food have enormous potential to positively affect emissions, climate change, and food security. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the livestock sector is one of the most effective ways to achieve global climate targets. It can be done by lowering livestock numbers as well as the overall consumption of meat, milk and eggs.
WHAT PROVEG AIMS FOR
In December 2018 we are at the UN Climate Change Conference for the second time. We call upon the member states of the United Nations to prioritise reducing emissions from the global food system, particularly animal agriculture. We therefore urge all UN member states to address this issue during the international climate change negotiations and to take it into account when formulating their national climate action plans.
How can you help?