Sir David King
“The carbon and water footprints associated with producing beef are about 20 times larger than maize production. Eating less meat will help the environment.”
Sir David King was the founding director of the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment at the University of Oxford and is Senior Scientific Advisor to UBS. He was the government’s chief scientific adviser and head of the Government Office for Science from October 2000 to December 2007. In that time, he raised the profile of the need for governments to act on climate change and was instrumental in creating the £1bn Energy Technologies Institute.
“Meat Free Monday for me is being aware of our planet, our health, how the food chain works and how to preserve all of the above. It’s never a hardship to do our little bit to help.”
Sharleen Spiteri, a recording artist and songwriter, is the lead singer of the Scottish rock band Texas.
“I first went to the Arctic in 1982. Since that time there is a third less pack ice, which is a scary situation. I am happy to support any initiative that can help us slow down climate change.”
David Hempleman-Adams is the first man to have reached both the geographic and magnetic North and South poles, as well as climb the highest peaks in all seven continents. He has made seven arctic expeditions and in 2003 became the first person to cross the Atlantic Ocean in an open wicker basket hot-air balloon.
Eric A. Davidson, PhD
“The science of climate change is unequivocal. Humans are now changing the Earth’s climate at an unprecedented rate. The economic, environmental and human health consequences of climate change are already being felt. We simply must change our consumption habits to avoid dangerous climate change in our lifetimes and for generations to come.”
Eric A. Davidson is President and Senior Scientist at the Woods Hole Research Center, Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA.
“In Växjö, the greenest city in Europe, we strive to produce meals with a lower effect on the environment in municipal kitchens by purchasing locally produced and ecological foodstuffs, reduce waste, increase the proportion of vegetables and adapt menus to the season.”
Bo Frank is the mayor of Växjö, Sweden.
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“To damage other humans, animals and the planet that we depend on just to satisfy our trivial lust for meat… is that the kind of humans that we want to be?”
Mickey Gjerris is an Associate Professor in Bioethics at the University of Copenhagen and has published peer reviewed articles in international journals on areas such as ethics, animal welfare and agriculture. He is a member of the Danish Ethical Council which supervises the Danish Parliament in ethical matters.