Vegan Race Car Driver Leilani Münter Argues Veganism Is More Important Than Solar Cars
Professional race car driver Leilani Münter took to The Guardian to advocate for veganism, and our crush on her has been accelerated.
Advocating veganism in contrast to the environmental impact that animal consumption is having on climate change, the self proclaimed “vegan hippie chick” talks about how solar cars don’t have as big an impact as what we eat.
A Tesla rep with a boasted 33,000 miles traveled by electric car, she often mentions her solar panel roof as having her drive on sunshine. Still she says, “But cutting down on fossil fuel emissions alone is not enough to reduce one’s carbon footprint. Currently, one-third of all the arable land on the planet is being used to grow feed for livestock. Combined with the animals themselves, this means that the production of meat is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions.” She goes on to expose beef production as emitting 150 more greenhouse gasses than soy, a fact she correctly considers hidden.
She also criticizes the USDA’s choice to forgo updating their guidelines to recommend cutting back on meat, citing her disappointment in the governing bodies choice to put their business interests above the world’s. “By including climate concerns in its guidelines, the department of agriculture had the opportunity to give Americans more information on how to accelerate the transition to a safer climate. Instead it chose to ignore those emissions, stalling out in the drive towards sustainability.” Love the driving reference there, so on brand.
We’re in awe of her using her platform to promote change. Without going vegan, she argues “the planet loses, our health as a nation loses, the billions of animals slaughtered for food lose with their lives.” A girl after our own hearts, truly.
Read the full article, “Solar cars might be impressive. But vegan diets are better for the planet“ and discover more about Leilani and her activism, here.
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