Former President of Ireland’s Vegan-Friendly Plea

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Mary Robinson, a former President of Ireland, is encouraging people from developed countries to go vegetarian or vegan in order to reduce their carbon footprint in her recent speech at the One Young World Summit.

Feeding massive amounts of grain and water to farmed animals, then killing them and processing, transporting, and storing their flesh is extremely energy-intensive. Raising animals for food is one of the largest sources of carbon-dioxide emissions and the single largest source of both nitrous-oxide and methane emissions, all of which are major contributors to climate change. In her speech, Robinson said:

We have to change, we cannot go on with business as usual.

We need each of us to think about our carbon footprint. Eat less meat, or no meat at all. Become vegetarian or vegan.

Let’s commit to the Paris agreement. Let’s commit to leave no one behind.

To say thank you for highlighting once again that going vegan is by far the best way to fight climate change, PETA has sent the former President a delicious gift: an edible bouquet with “blossoms” of aubergines, peppers, and radishes.


By adopting meat-free eating habits, the residents of developed nations will help the environment and save the lives of millions of animals. Go vegan today:



  • Gabrielle Mullan commented on October 17, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    I am aware that people who can barely sustain life themselves are being encouraged to take on very sophisticated, idealistic view points that hardly seem feasible, but on another level, the suffering of the animals must be even more terrible in the Third World than anywhere else. I am especially concerned for working animals and would like to see the first world supplying replacement amenities for developing countries so as to minimize the involvement of animals in the Third World. I would love to see a vegan world, as long as the Powerful nations commit to creating the positive living conditions in which a vegan lifestyle can be maintained.

  • Ray Kowalchuk commented on December 22, 2016 at 12:43 am

    It is unfortunate that Mary Robinson didn’t galvanize her convictions by declaring herself vegan. A google search shows a plethora of journalistic responses dismissing her on the basis that she is saying, “Do as I say, not as I do.” Her appeal to young leaders suggests that her generation, the one responsible for the most carbon (so far) in the atmosphere and the industrialization of food animals, is off the hook! I hope a PeTA Vega Starter kit accompanied the edible bouquet! #ClimateVegan

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