Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney has enlisted a band of celebrities to go ‘veggie’ once a week to help global warming.
Coldplay’s Chris Martin, actors Kevin Spacey and Woody Harrelson, plus Virgin tycoon Sir Richard Branson are backing McCartney’s and his family’s bid for people to give-up meat on Mondays.
‘Meat Free Monday’ aims to reduce Greenhouse gas emissions from the world’s livestock population – thought to be a major cause of global warming.
Sir Paul told Britain’s The Independent newspaper: “Many of us feel helpless in the face of environmental challenges, and it can be hard to know how to sort through the advice about what can do to make a meaningful contribution to a cleaner, more sustainable, healthier world. Having one designated meat-free day a week is one meaningful change that everyone can make, that goes to the heat of several important political environmental and ethical issue as all at once. We should all care about climate change because if we don’t, we are going to leave our children and their children in a hell of a mess. "
The United Nations Food And Agriculture Organization claims that meat production is responsible for 18 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions – compared top 13 per cent from transport.
Sir Paul’s former wife Linda was a noted vegetarian before she died in 1998 and a range of meat free dishes bearing her name are still being sold.
His fashion designer daughter Stella McCartney is also backing her famous dad’s campaign and hopes to enlist more celebs to the family’s new cause.
“I think the time is right for this idea,” she said. (Photo: Getty Images)