PETA is demanding to know: Why won’t Al Gore’s climate change music festival go vegan?
On stage at Davos this year, Gore and Pharrell Williams announced the return of the Live Earth music festival — a concert series meant to raise awareness of climate change. And now the animal rights group is demanding each of the concerts exclusively serve vegan products, arguing that Gore’s own group touts the benefits of giving up meat to reduce greenhouse gas production.
In a series of emails obtained by BuzzFeed News, representatives from PETA repeatedly ask Live Earth’s organizers if they plan to serve vegan only food, meaning the menu would be absent from all animal products like meat and dairy. The organizers do not directly answer PETA’s questions in the emails, but say that they were working with their partner organizations on sustainability at the events and that they were invested in promoting the vegan lifestyle.
Lisa Lange, senior vice president of PETA, accused Live Earth of “hypocrisy and sheer laziness” if they serve non-vegan food at their events.
It’s a basic fact that if you think man is impacting the climate, you have to also accept the fact that climate change and production and consumption of meat are inexorably tied. The amount of fossil fuels used to currently raise a steer is mind-bending, and modern agri-business is fuel intensive. That’s just undeniable.
But the simple fact of the matter is that only 3.2% of the population is vegan, and I’m almost willing to bet that 99.99% of them are aware of and alarmed about climate change. The goal here is to attract people who might be skeptical, as well as raising overall awareness to the issue. You aren’t going to do that when ten people show up in a field to listen to Pharrell sing while munching on vegan snacks. And you are going to end any concern about climate change among a significant portion of the country if you demand they go all or nothing with a vegan diet. Like 97% of the population.
You might as well also call them hypocrites because the amplifiers are going to use electricity and people are going to use gas to get to the concerts. Or, you could call PETA hypocrites because a lot of those dried organic fruits consume a lot of fuel being shipped from all over the world. And feminists can yell at PETA for their use of nudity.
And we can all sit around, pure in our beliefs, noting that Al Gore is fat while the ocean swallows Florida, Boston, DC, and NYC. Fucking idiots.