McCartney family call on Prime Minister to take meat reduction on board at COP21

As world leaders prepare to head to the climate conference (COP21) in Paris, Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney have written to David Cameron urging him to include meat reduction in the new global climate agreement.

MFM logo on left, the start of the letter to David Cameron on the right

In their open letter to the Prime Minister on behalf of the Meat Free Monday campaign, the McCartney family highlight how intensive meat production is a major contributor towards global environmental devastation and climate change.

The family have been promoting Meat Free Monday since 2009: The campaign encourages people to reduce their environmental footprint and improve their health by having at least one meat free day each week.  With increasing evidence of the negative environmental impact of the global meat industry, they say that “meat reduction is now more important than ever”.

According to new research from the Center for a Livable Future at Johns Hopkins University, UN member countries can reduce their carbon emissions by up to 2% per year by going meat free one day a week.

The McCartney family also point out that their proposals can be implemented quickly and would have almost immediate environmental and health benefits.

In a video message released today alongside the letter, Paul McCartney encourages people to take up the idea.  “Talk to your people, talk to the schools, talk to your friends, talk to anyone you need to talk to and encourage this idea,” he said. “If enough of us do it, it could really make a big difference.”

Find out more about how to join Meat Free Monday at the People’s March for Climate in central London this Sunday.

View Paul McCartney’s video message.

Open Letter to Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Prime Minister:

Dear Prime Minister,

We are writing to you on behalf of Meat Free Monday, a campaign launched in the UK in 2009.  The aim of Meat Free Monday is to condense some complicated issues into a simple and effective message: to ask people to have at least one meat free day a week to help protect the planet and our future.

Massive meat production creates harmful greenhouse gases and depletes precious resources, including land, water and energy, to increasingly unsustainable levels.  It is a major contributor towards global environmental degradation and climate change and is also a major factor in loss of species and biodiversity – if present trends continue, over the next 100 years there will be a global mass extinction of species.  With increasing evidence of the growth of the global meat industry having alarming environmental consequences, meat reduction is now more important than ever.

Next week you and other world leaders will meet in Paris for the COP21 to try and reach an ambitious global climate deal that keeps global warming well below 2 degrees.  A simple but significant environmental action that the UK and other countries can take, with the added benefit of improved health, would be to endorse Meat Free Monday.

Reducing demand for meat, even by a relatively small amount, would have a significant impact on greenhouse gas emissions.  In fact, according to new research by the Center for a Livable Future at Johns Hopkins University, UN member countries can reduce their carbon emissions up to 2% per year by implementing Meat Free Monday.

There are a number of simple ways to encourage meat reduction, many of which have already been adopted in different countries around the world:

  • Have schools, universities and hospitals go meat free one day a week
  • Serve more meat free meals at government offices and during official government functions
  • Encourage restaurants to promote Meat Free Monday options on their menus
  • Support businesses to get involved

The proposals we are making can be implemented quickly and would have almost immediate environmental – and health – benefits.

We strongly urge you to include Meat Free Monday initiatives in the UK climate action plan for Paris.  One day a week can make a world of difference.

Yours sincerely,

Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney


  • Noushin Kananian

    All the best dear McCartney family! Wishing you a prosperous New Year 2016. Merry Christmas!


    “Factory” farming, the clue is In the name. We are talking about living creatures NOT objects. Intensive farming produces intensive cruelty, simple as. Not only is it cruel and inhumane to animals, intensive farming or factory farming is responsible for the over use of antibiotics which is extremely harmful to human health too. Live transportation of animals to different continents inflicts terrible suffering. Animals are crammed into ferries, travelling days or even weeks without food or water, many die of starvation, de-hydration or infection.
    The E.U. considers the numbers of deaths as “acceptable” and inevitable
    The rest are fattened and slaughtered.
    Some animals are not even weaned, why would anyone want to eat veal?
    We are talking about BILLIONS of animals every year, yes bllions!!
    I choose not to eat meat, but whether you eat meat or not, surely any human-being would consider these practices abhorrent.
    If your neighbour were to ‘farm’ dogs and cats in the same way, and then cram them into lorries and transport them world-wide, then there would be an outcry.
    Farm animals are not given the same protective legislation as domestic animals, and it’s about bloody time they were.
    Live exports should be banned, and every slaughterhouse should have C.C.T.V. camera’s, countless examples of beating animals with sticks, punching, kicking etc have come to light, isn’t it enough that these creatures have endured “factory farming” and cruel transportation.
    And what about the effects on the planet?
    Even if you don’t have a compassionate bone in your body for animals, surely the effects of global-warming must be a concern to EVERYONE


    I would just like to wish Paul McCartney and his family a very merry Christmas, and a happy new year. x