Naked ‘Mother Earths’ to Stop Traffic at Climate Summit of the Americas

Bodypainted PETA Members Will Share Powerful Pro-Vegan Message: Climate Change Needs Diet Change

For Immediate Release:
July 6, 2015

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Toronto – A throng of nearly naked PETA members—wearing little more than bodypaint representing the Earth’s oceans and continents—will descend on the Climate Summit of the Americas on Tuesday as attendees prepare to discuss how leaders can take action against climate change. PETA’s “Mother Earths” will remind participants—which will include vegan Al Gore and California Gov. Jerry Brown, who recently linked his state’s ongoing drought with meat consumption—that a global shift toward plant-based meals, as recommended by the United Nations, is an essential component in addressing climate change.

Where:           The Fairmont Royal York, 100 Front St. W. ( near the northeast corner of York Street and Front Street W.), Toronto

When:             Tuesday, July 7, 12 p.m., rain or shine

“As the meat and dairy industries suck up dwindling resources at shocking rates, community leaders should set a positive example by switching to eco-friendly vegan meals,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is calling on people who are concerned about the environment to tackle the problem at one of its primary sources: water- and land-guzzling meat and dairy foods.”

As PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—points out, the meat, egg, and dairy industries are among the top contributors to the most serious environmental problems we face, including destruction of the rainforests, water shortages, air and water pollution, and loss of biodiversity. Also, a recent United Nations report concluded that a global shift toward a vegan diet is vital if we are to combat the worst effects of climate change.

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