Director James Cameron wrote a piece for Newsweek earlier this month to address how going vegan can help halt climate change.
The magazine published a series of opinion pieces throughout the the COP21 conference on climate change runs in Paris, which recently wrapped up on Dec. 11.
In his piece, the Oscar-winning director wrote, that “we should all be very aware that climate change isn’t some hypothetical thing that our children are going to face in the future. It’s happening now, with worsening droughts, agriculture crashes, and rising sea levels that will prompt the mass displacement of millions of people. It’s insidious and a lot like rabies, as I always say. By the time you’re symptomatic, it’s too late for a cure.”
The environmentalist notes that while climate negotiators were targeting emissions reductions, they were missing an “additional arrow in their quiver to make up for the overage in emissions. It’s simple: change our diets.”
Cameron, who adopted a vegan diet four years ago, goes onto say how animal agriculture is a “huge contributor to greenhouse gas emissions through its production of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxides,” adding that “it’s actually larger than the entire transportation sector.”
Though he acknowledges that, despite its emissions, we need transportation, Cameron says that what we don’t need is to eat animals.
“I’m not saying that from an ethical, animal-rights standpoint; I’m saying it from a health standpoint. Nutritionally, we don’t need to eat animals and animal products. And we’re actually much healthier if we don’t. This has been proven; there’s a depth and breadth of scientific analysis behind that statement.”
Cameron says that by reducing one’s consumption of animals, it will not only help the environment, but it will also help those who are anxious about climate change and want to know what they can do about it.
“The single biggest thing an individual can do is to shift more towards a plant-based diet,” he writes. “It’s a win-win. It’s a win for your health. It’s a win for the environment.”
Cameron’s article echoes the one he wrote earlier this year for Men’s Journal in which he attributed climate change behind his decision to switch to a vegan diet.
As always, Cameron is articulate and inspiring when writing about his passion for the environment, and it’s worth a read.