Jane Goodall Blames Animal Agriculture for Climate Change

When Jane Goodall talks, people listen. For good reason; the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees, she spent a whopping five decades studying them in Tanzania, and has dedicated her life to animal welfare, environmental preservation and peace.

That’s why her words about climate change are particularly powerful. On April 15th the 81-year-old told a New York City audience that animal agriculture is to blame for the rapidly shifting weather patterns, reports TheirTurn.net.

Dr. Goodall told attendees that agribusinesses are razing Amazonian rainforests in order to graze cattle—and grow crops to feed them, the site reports. “Without rainforests – the ‘lungs of the earth’ – the planet’s ability to convert carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas, into oxygen is compromised.”

She also discussed the danger of methane gas, a chemical that’s released via cow flatulence and is even more harmful than CO2. As more and more countries eat more and more meat, more methane and CO2 are released into the atmosphere, further heating up the planet and putting everyone’s future at risk.

While she’s previously said she’s not a vegan because she travels to so many exotic places (where food availability is an issue), she is a long-term vegetarian, and advocates others adopt a veg diet as well.

“The average person doesn’t have a clue that the meat they’re eating is causing all this havoc,” she told Gary Null in 2009. “They don’t understand about the effects on the environment or on human cells. The suffering of the animals they might try to turn away from. So how to make them listen and understand is difficult, but it’s happening.”

Click here to read more about Dr. Goodall’s talk from TheirTurn.net.


Hannah Sentenac, Editor-in-Chief

Hannah Sentenac, Editor-in-Chief

A wizard of words, lover of all living things and vegan mac 'n cheese master, Hannah is the Editor-In-Chief and Founder of SomeGirlsVeganNews.com. Her writing has appeared in Live Happy magazine, the Miami New Times, OneGreenPlanet.com, MindBodyGreen.com, FoodRevolution.org and numerous other publications and websites. She's obsessed with vegan pizza and crop tops, and is totally addicted to the outdoors. You can reach Hannah directly at hannah.sentenac@gmail.com.

2 Responses

  1. Laura Slitt says:

    I hear NHPR, the New Hampshire affiliate of NPR, claim every day that they deliver the latest in health and environmental news and can do so to your email after sign up. NEVER have they, to my recollection, EVER discusses the methane footprint from animal production, waste lagoons threats, use of water resources for livestock feed or watering farmed animals, or the use of crops to feed farmed animals to produce products that use them as vectors for nutrients we can derive more sustainabley and healthfully from plants directly. NEVER have they allowed the vegan doctors preventing and reversing disease to voice the real culprit of organ failure. LISTEN carefully to NPR and programs for the bias and hold them accountable since they claim to be the bastion of non-commercial reporting.. The Diane Rehm program is on everywhere in the US and I rarely, if ever, hear vegan/AR callers asking the deeper questions about our relationship with nature and animals. Everything humans do is connected…

    • Hannah Sentenac Hannah Sentenac says:

      So true Laura. The mainstream media, for the most part, tends to ignore this issue. Thank goodness this issue is gaining ground, however. They can’t ignore it forever!

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