Vegetarians International Voice for Animals

Barnstaple Green councillor says 'Eat Green'

Release date: 
Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A BARNSTAPLE town councillor is lending his support to a new national campaign to encourage people to reduce the amount of meat they eat to help combat climate change. Cllr Ricky Knight, a vegetarian of over 25 years, is backing the latest environmental project by Europe's largest campaigning vegetarian group Viva!. Eat Green will provide vital information and support to thousands of people wanting to change their diet to reduce their carbon footprints. The Eat Green campaign features a new website www.eatgreen.org.uk, where you can find out everything you need to know about eco-eating " cutting down on meat, or going vegetarian or vegan. "Vegetarianism/veganism is one of the most responsible and sustainable lifestyle changes one can make, particularly in regard to existing farming practices. I consider it morally indefensible and pragmatically unnecessary to kill defenceless animals to feed humanity or further scientific research,' Cllr Knight said. Cllr Knight is the lead Green Party candidate in the South West European Elections taking place on June 4 this year. His policy interests include: the European Union; renewable energy/nuclear; sustainable tourism and aviation; global warming and electoral reform. He added: "Our mindless addiction to the hamburger, marketed mercilessly throughout the globe, is destroying our rainforests, while methane emissions from cattle have a disastrous effect on the environment. I wholeheartedly support Viva!'s Eat Green environmental campaign.' Viva! environment campaigner, Zephie Begolo, says: "We are delighted to have the backing of Cllr Knight and we hope that many more politicians and residents of North Devon will continue to follow his lead on this issue. 'Awareness is growing about the things we can do for the environment, from flying and driving less, to recycling and using energy-efficient appliances. One of the most effective ways of cutting our carbon footprints and saving animals is to be energy-efficient eaters, too. We hope Eat Green will help save our biodiversity, cut our carbon emissions, protect our planet and ultimately ourselves.' For more information about Eat Green visit www.eatgreen.org.uk or call Viva! on 0117 944 1000. ENDS For more information about this media release, contact Zephie by emailing zephie@viva.org.uk or press officer Helen Rossiter by emailing helen@viva.org.uk or by calling 011 7944 1000. Notes to Editors Viva! have launched two new websites to raise awareness of how changing your diet can help the planet and its animals. Eat Green www.eatgreen.org.uk is packed with carbon-slashing information including four steps to eating green to help the environment. Save their World www.savetheirworld.org.uk is an excellent new online resource focusing on how going veggie can help protect biodiversity across the world. Eat Green draws upon UN Food and Agriculture Organisation statistics in pointing out that our diets could be more damaging than transport. Livestock's Long Shadow (UNFAO) states that the livestock industry is responsible for more harmful greenhouse gases than the whole world's transport " 18 per cent compared to 13.5 per cent respectively. The report points to the meat industry as the most damaging human activity behind industrial enterprise. For more information about Cllr Knight, please visit http://southwest.greenparty.org.uk/region/southwest/people/ricky-knight....