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November 23, 2011

"Meatless Monday" Champion Joins HSI’s Delegation to Climate Change Conference

Humane Society International

  • Guilherme speaks. HSI

Meatless Monday is a growing global movement that asks people to eschew animal products one day a week for the sake of the environment, water and other resource conservation, personal health, and to reduce animal suffering. Since animal agriculture is one of the largest contributors to global greenhouse gas emissions, mitigating climate change is also an important reason for reducing meat consumption.

HSI’s delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 17th Conference of Parties (COP 17) will include Guilherme Carvalho, who manages HSI’s campaign against factory farming in Brazil. Carvalho has been successfully promoting Meatless Mondays in Brazil for several years. “Anybody can go meatless at least one day a week,” he explained, “and it makes a big difference for the planet and for animals.”

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At COP 17, Carvalho will work alongside HSI’s climate change and animal agriculture specialist Geoff Evans to educate key thought leaders in government and civil society about the impacts of animal agriculture on climate change and the importance of stemming the rise in consumption of farm animals globally. Already, approximately 67 billion land animals are raised for food each year worldwide, and this number will increase significantly if egg, meat, and milk consumption continue to rise at current rates.

Once he returns home from the conference, Carvalho plans to work with groups throughout Latin America to further expand the Meatless Monday movement in the region.

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