Uday Kotak, Lewis Hamilton, Biz Stone want you to stop consuming meat and save the planet
Hamilton is urging people to stop consuming meat and dairy for environmental reasons. And he’s not the only one.
“Education is key and we were taught that eating animal products was good for us but we've been lied to for 100s of years. It's taken me 32 years to understand the impact I'm having on the world and I'm figuring out daily what I can do to play a better part,” posted the driver in a series of Instagram stories.
“Find the compassion I know you have within you to recognise what you are in terms of what you eat which keeps the meat and dairy industry flourishing and therefore deforestation, animal cruelty, ours seas and climate decaying on a daily basis. Go vegan, it is the only way to truly save our planet today. It can be done so quickly, all you have to do is put your mind to it.”
While scientists are still debating the environmental benefits of a completely vegetarian or vegan diet, here are a few founders who advocate ‘going green’.
Last week, Kotak retweeted a Bloomberg article on the benefits of giving up meat (beef in particular) triggering quite a few conversations in the process. The Kotak Mahindra CEO was quick to state that while he valued freedom of choice, he believed vegetarianism was good for the planet.
“I value freedom of choice but vegetarianism is good for the planet. Beef at dinner is as polluting as driving 160 km. Livestock are responsible for more greenhouse emissions than the entire aviation sector” he tweeted.
I value freedom of choice but vegetarianism is good for the planet. Beef at dinner is as polluting as driving 160… https://t.co/9JVlaoqCJX— Uday Kotak (@udaykotak) 1570519376000
Last year, WeWork announced that it was no longer include meat at any staff events or expense any employee meals that included poultry, pork or red meat to reduce the business’ environmental impact.
“New research indicates that avoiding meat is one of the biggest things an individual can do to reduce their personal environmental impact, even more than switching to a hybrid car,” wrote WeWork co-founder Miguel McKelvey in an email to the staff.
“As a company, WeWork can save an estimated 16.7 billion gallons (63.1 billion liters) of water, 445.1 million pounds (201.9 million kg) of CO2 emissions, and over 15 million animals by 2023 by eliminating meat at our events.”
The co-founder of Good Dot, an Udaipur-based faux meat start-up, Sinha turned vegetarian six years ago and is focused on getting more Indians to make the switch to plant-based meats to protect the environment and minimize the harm the meat industry causes animals.
“Animal factory farming devastates the environment. Producing vegetarian meet uses significantly less natural resources. It is the only sustainable meat,” says the Good Dot website.
According to Sinha, plant-based meats (meat substitutes made using proteins extracted from plants like pea, wheat, potato and soy) are rich in protein, have six times more fibre than animal meat and have zero cholesterol.
The Twitter co-founder has been a vegan for almost two decades since he visited an animal rescue organisation in New York in 2000 and returned as a converted vegan. Today, he is a big proponent of veganism and meat substitutes.
He was also an early backer of Beyond Meat, the maker of plant-based meat substitutes that went public earlier this year. “These guys (Beyond Meat) are coming at the meat analogue industry not as a novelty kind of thing or hippy dippy,” said Stone in an interview in 2012. “They were coming at it from this big science, super practical, scalable angle. They were saying, ‘We want to get into the multi-billion-dollar meat industry with a plant-based meat.”