By Wayne Pacelle
Straight to the Source
Protests, such as this one on Wall Street Tuesday, are only part of the climate activism. Addressing animal agriculture is equally crucial. (Bryan Thomas/Getty)
World leaders gathered Tuesday in New York to identify global climate change solutions, as part of Climate Week. But will these luminaries and political leaders ignore the elephant-or in this instance, the chicken, cow, and pig-in the room?
Given the preponderance of evidence that greenhouse gases are contributing to climate change, these leaders must not ignore the emissions caused by animal agriculture.
Raising and slaughtering tens of billions of animals across the globe for food each year is right up there with coal-fired power plants in pumping heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere.
Yet animal agriculture hits close to home for all of us, because it requires every nation to think about food policy and every person to think about what we eat.