by Michael dEstries
Categories: Animals, People.

snipshot_cp1dxnd7coat.jpgIn light of recent accusations against Al Gore that he’s not doing enough to “walk the walk”, PETA has a suggestion that could help with that issue: Go vegetarian.

The animal rights group recently sent a letter to the former Vice President encouraging him to drop meat and help curb emissions generated by the livestock industry. From the release,

“The effect that our meat addiction is having on the climate is truly staggering. In fact, in its recent report “Livestock’s Long Shadow—Environmental Issues and Options,” the United Nations determined that raising animals for food generates more greenhouse gases than all the cars and trucks in the world combined

The group goes on and points to a recent study conducted at the University of Chicago in which those who switched to a vegan diet did more to combat global warming than those that switched to a hybrid from a conventional gas vehicle.

“‘The single best thing that any of us can do to for our health, for animals, and for the environment is to go vegetarian,” says PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk. “The best and easiest way for Mr. Gore to show his critics that he’s truly committed to fighting global warming is to kick his meat habit immediately.’”

Poor Al. Now even his eating habits are under attack. Aren’t Oscar winners supposed to be enjoying the praise that follows the winning moment? Seems Gore can’t catch a break. Still, it might not be such a bad idea to give veggies the front and center for awhile. Not only will you cut down on emissions and save animals, but you’ll also get nice and lean for those Martin Scorsese offers that are bound to be flowing in at any moment. Mark my words: Al Gore is the next Alec Baldwin. <grin>

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • Andrea

    I did notice he looked a bit large around the waste at the Oscars. If he can’t go vegeterian, a significant reduction in his meat intake would be greatly beneficial.

    PETA should also have pointed out the large areas of rainforest cut down to make room for cattle grazing and to grow the chicken feed used by KFC. That effects global warming too.

  • Elaine

    Ooor… Al Gore could pledge to eat only sustainable meat, which is possible and could actually help the environment more than just eating veggies. Think about the Dakota plains, and how responsible cattle farming keeps them from becoming a desert.

  • Ed Hannigan

    I don’t know; when I eat lots of veggies my emissions increase.

  • Andrea

    “Sustainable” meat also results in greenhouse gas emissions. The issue is the methane and nitrous oxide that cows emmit, which are some of the greenhouse gases that are contributing to climate change. Though these gases from cows can be reduced by improving their diets, the fact is that cows will still be emmitting these gases however and wherever they are raised.

    The bottom line is that, though it may be “inconvenient” at first, each of us needs to significantly reduce or eliminate our meat consumption if we want to combat climate change.

  • Omari Dunham

    This one makes sence “One’s first step in wisdom is to kuesstion everything – and one’s last is to come to terms with everything.”