Will Climate Change Exhibition Prompt Powerscourt Estate to go Vegan?

For Immediate Release:
12 January 2018

Olivia Jordan +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 229; [email protected]


PETA Calls for Menu Revamp in View of Link Between Animal Agriculture and Climate Change

Enniskerry, Co Wicklow – The Cool Planet Experience, the world’s first visitor centre dedicated to climate change education, has just opened at the Powerscourt Estate – and in a letter sent to the estate’s director this morning, PETA called on its eateries to honour the spirit of the exhibition by going vegan.

“Healthy and planet-friendly food is made from plants, so it would make sense for Powerscourt to lead by example and move to an all-vegan menu,” writes PETA Vegan Corporate Projects Liaison Stephen Balfour. “The damage that the meat, dairy, and fishing industries cause to the environment is well documented.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – goes on to point out that according to reports by the United Nations, animal agriculture is one of the “most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems” and that a global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty, and the worst impacts of climate change. Raising animals for food also requires enormous quantities of grain, land, and water.

“Ignoring the impact of food choices on the environment is fiddling while the planet burns,” concludes Balfour. “With an ever-increasing number of vegan options readily available, choosing plant-based foods is one of the simplest ways to lead a more sustainable lifestyle. … Offering an all-vegan menu would show Powerscourt Estate’s commitment to this goal.”

The letter is available here. For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.