Wednesday 14 August 2019
In light of the most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report, which notes that raising animals for human consumption is a leading cause of the climate emergency, Animal Justice Party MP Andy Meddick is calling for the Victorian Parliament House building, including the parliamentary dining rooms and cafes, to go meat free every Monday.
The report describes plant-based diets as a major opportunity for mitigating and adapting to the climate emergency and makes it clear that massive global dietary reform isn’t just a good idea, but absolutely essential.
Andy will read in a motion calling for ‘Meat Free Mondays’ when parliament resumes today.
Quotes attributable to Andy Meddick:
“I’m calling on the Victorian Parliament House building to go meat free every Monday as a way for my colleagues to collectively combat the climate emergency.”
“The most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report notes that clean energy and clean transport alone will simply not be enough to cut global emissions to avoid dangerous warming. We must do more – it starts with what is on our plates.”
“This is a common sense and reasonable measure. As leaders of the state, members of parliament should be setting an example and acting on climate science before it is too late.”
“Indeed, one of the most effective ways to fight climate change is with diet change, but that doesn’t mean missing out. The chefs and dining room staff within Parliament House make some fantastic vegan options that I am sure all of my colleagues would enjoy.”