• An Open Letter from Veganuary: “2021 IS THE YEAR FOR POSITIVE CHANGE”



    TOGETHER WE CAN BUILD A BETTER FUTURE! 2020 has been an unforgettable year, with our attention divided between fears over coronavirus and anxiety over climate change. What has become increasingly obvious is that these two threats have something in common; both are heavily linked to our consumption of animal products.

    Animal agriculture is responsible for an estimated 14.5 percent of all human-generated greenhouse gas emissions. Oxford University researchers found that almost every animal product creates far more emissions than almost every plant product. Quite simply, we cannot tackle climate change while we farm and eat animals on an industrial scale.

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    Pandemic experts warn that because of overcrowded, squalid conditions, factory farms – especially chicken farms – are breeding grounds for the next global pandemic.1 Already these farms have given us H1N1 (swine flu) and H5N1 (avian flu), the latter having a 60 percent mortality rate.2

    More than one billion tonnes of food must be grown to feed the billions of animals we farm3 – far more than is needed if people were to eat plants. That farmland has to come from somewhere, and all too often it is taken from the wild.

    In recent years, more than 80 percent of deforestation in Brazil was to graze farmed animals,4 and still more forests are destroyed to make way to grow crops to feed animals on farms around the world. Deforestation is serious for lots of reasons. It pushes wild species to extinction. It displaces indigenous peoples. It drives climate change. And it brings us in ever closer contact with wild animals and any viruses they may harbour, raising the risk of another pandemic.

    Veganuary our future
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    Catastrophic climate breakdown and global pandemics could not be more serious, but they are not inevitable. If we act now, the future can be better. So, let’s go into 2021 with positivity and a determination to do all we can to protect our planet, its wild spaces and the health and wellbeing of all its inhabitants. To do that, we must change our diets.

    Today, we are urging everyone to help build a better future by signing up to try vegan this January with Veganuary. Together, we can create a world that is kinder and safer for all.

    Signatories

    • Alan Cumming

      Actor
      UK

      Albert Schweitzer Stifung für unsere Mitwelt

      NGO
      Germany

      Alicia Silverstone

      Actor
      US

      Amelia Mist

      Made in Chelsea Star
      UK

      Animal Libre

      NGO
      International

      Anne Menden

      Actor
      Germany

      Anthony Mullally

      International rugby player
      UK

      Ariane Sommer

      Model and Author
      Germany

      Ariel Kraselnik

      Doctor
      Argentina

      Aveda (Estee Lauder)

      Toiletries and cosmetics company
      UK

      Baroness Jenny Jones

      Member of the House of Lords
      UK

      Bella Ramsey

      Actor
      UK

      Benjamin Zephaniah

      Poet
      UK

      Beverley Callard

      Actor
      UK

      Bryan Adams

      Musician
      UK

      Carl Donnelly

      Comedian
      UK

      Caroline Lucas MP

      Member of Parliament
      UK

      Centre for a Responsible Future

      NGO
      Singapore

      Chris Packham

      Broadcaster and naturalist
      UK

      Chrissie Hynde

      Singer songwriter
      US/UK

      Christina Rees MP

      Member of Parliament
      UK

      Crica Wolthers

      Entrepeneur, angel investor, CEO Zen App
      Brazil

      Dakota Blue Richards

      Actor
      UK

      Dale Vince

      Football club owner and businessman
      UK

      Deborah Meaden

      Businesswoman
      UK

      Derek Sarno

      Chef and Director of Plant Based Innovation at Tesco
      UK

      Djurens Rätt

      NGO
      Sweden

      Dotsie Bausch

      Olympic Cyclist
      US

      Dustin Watten

      International volleyall player
      US

      Edie Falco

      Actor
      US

      Eliana Albasetti

      Actor
      Chile

      Emiliano D’Avila

      Actor
      Brazil

      Emily Fleeshman

      Actor
      UK

      Emma Woods

      CEO, Wagamama
      UK

      Enrico Rapalin

      Audiovisual producer
      Argentina

      Eva Henderson

      Nutritionist
      Argentina

      Evanna Lynch

      Actor
      UK

      Fernando Gabeira

      Journalist, writer, former Federal Congressman (Green Party)
      Brazil

      FNDPA – Fórum Nacional de Defesa e Proteção Animal

      Animal Protection NGO
      Brazil

    • Friends of the Earth

      Environmental NGO
      UK

      Fry’s Family

      Food producer
      UK

      Georgia Meacham

      Actor & Model
      UK

      Green Monday

      Social Venture Group
      International

      Greenpeace UK

      Environmental NGO
      UK

      Heather Mills

      Model, skier and businesswoman
      UK

      Henry Smith MP

      Member of Parliament
      UK

      India Reynolds

      Model and influencer
      UK

      James Moore

      Actor
      UK

      Jamie-Lee Kriewitz

      Singer
      Germany

      Jane Fallon

      Author
      UK

      Jane Goodall

      Primatologist
      US/UK

      Jasmine Harman

      TV presenter
      UK

      Jason Gillespie

      Cricketer
      Australia

      Jeff and Sandra Beck

      Guitarist
      UK

      John Bishop

      Comedian
      UK

      John Robins

      Comedian
      UK

      Johnny Marr

      Musician
      UK

      Jon Richardson

      Comedian
      UK

      Jonathan Bartley

      Co-Leader of the Green Party
      UK

      Josh Franceschi

      Musician
      UK

      Julieta Valente

      Writer
      Argentina

      Kaya Yanar

      Comedian
      Germany

      Kellie Bright

      Actor
      UK

      Kerry McCarthy MP

      Member of Parliament
      UK

      Kuntal Joisher

      Mountaineer
      India

      Leslie Clio

      Singer
      Germany

      Lily Cole

      Model, actor
      UK

      LiveKindly Co

      Media outlet
      UK

      Liz Solari

      Actor
      Argentina

      Lucas Reiber

      Actor
      Germany

      Lucy Watson

      Model and influencer
      UK

      Made with Luve

      Food Producer
      Germany

      Marcela Manuzza

      Nutritionist
      Argentina

      María Paz Orrego

      Nutritionist
      Chile

      Marie Wegener

      Singer
      Germany

      Matías Vega

      Actor
      Chile

      Matthias Weidenhöfer

      Actor
      Germany

      Mayim Bialik

      Actor
      US

    • Meatless Farm Co

      Food producer
      UK

      Melanie Joy

      Founding President of Beyond Carnism
      US

      Moses Pelham

      Rapper
      Germany

      Natalia Rosa

      Actor
      Brazil

      Nico Soto

      Doctor
      Chile

      Oli Sykes

      Musician
      UK

      Oliver Petszokat

      Singer
      Germany

      Oumph!

      Food producer
      UK

      Patrik Baboumian

      Strongman
      Germany

      Paul McCartney

      Musician
      UK

      Peter Egan

      Actor
      UK

      Peter Tatchell

      Human rights campaigner
      UK

      Prof. Daniel Braga Lourenço, PhD

      Coordinator at the Centre for Environmental Ethics – UFRJ
      Brazil

      Prof. Paula Brugger, PhD

      Ecological Justice Observatory Research Group – UFSC
      Brazil

      ProVeg International

      NGO
      Germany

      Quorn

      Food Producer
      UK

      Rebecca Callard

      Actor and TV script writer
      UK

      Ricky Gervais

      Comedian
      UK

      Sage Kotsenburg

      Olympic Snowboarder
      US

      Sam Carter

      Musician
      UK

      Sara Pascoe

      Comedian
      UK

      Seth Tibbot

      Founder and Chairman of The Tofurky Company
      US

      Soledad Pérez

      Politician
      Chile

      Stefan Eck

      Former Member of the European Parliament
      Germany

      Steffen Groth

      Actor
      Germany

      SVB – Sociedade Vegetariana Brasileira

      Brazilian Vegetarian Society NGO
      Brazil

      The Vegan Society

      NGO
      UK

      Tig Notaro

      Comedian
      US

      Tim Bengel

      Artist
      Germany

      Ünsal Arik

      Boxer
      Germany

      Vantastic Foods

      Food Producer
      Germany

      Vegane Gesellschaft Schweiz

      NGO
      Switzerland

      Veganz

      Food Producer
      Germany

      Wheaty & Veggyness

      Food Producer
      Germany

      Xuxa Meneghel

      TV Broadcaster, actor
      Brazil

    1. The Guardian
    2. Ibid
    3. Poultry News
    4. United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, State of the World’s Forests 2016

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