Will some of the most politically powerful women in the world go vegan?
Following a recent UN report that finds that women—particularly those in poor countries who make up the majority of agricultural workers and don’t have other job options—are going to be most impacted by climate change, PETA has fired off letters to Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Condoleezza Rice, and Madeleine Albright asking them to adopt a vegan diet and speak out about the environmental hazards of eating meat. PETA Germany is asking Chancellor Angela Merkel to do the same.
Raising animals for meat and dairy products produces more climate-altering gasses than all the cars, trucks, ships, and planes combined. By leaving animals off their plates, these powerful women would demonstrate their commitment to helping hundreds of millions of women—who live on a dollar a day or less—weather climate change. Climate change isn’t good for anyone (unless you really like poison ivy), and switching to a vegan diet is a great way to help the environment, animals, and women everywhere.
Written by Heather Drennan