With the goal of bringing attention to the environment and climate change, a group of Danish members of parliament have committed to taking a 22-day vegan challenge. Politicians from the Alternative and the Red-Green Alliance parties volunteered to take part in this challenge to highlight the destruction done to our planet by animal agriculture.
“Going vegan for 22 days is not going the save the world in itself, but it’s a great opportunity to put focus on Western consumption of animal products and the environmental and animal welfare problems it causes,” said Red-Green Alliance’s environmental secretary, Maria Gjerding.
Alternative Party leader, Uffe Elbæk said, “No doubt that this will be a huge challenge, but I expect it to be quite a lot of fun as well, and it’ll definitely be to the benefit of the environment.
“Western food production has an enormous climate footprint. Political action is needed, and I find it important that we, as politicians, take the first steps and begin to ‘walk the talk’.”
The more exposure given to the vegan diet by public figures, the more possibility there will be for others to try it out for themselves. You may remember that Beyoncé took this same 22-day vegan challenge back in 2015. We can only imagine the number of people she inspired to give it a go.
“We need to take action on both a personal and political level in order to address the serious issues of climate change,” said Gjerding.
Denmark has been seeing a push toward the reduction of meat consumption. In 2016, the Danish Council of Ethics voted 14 to 3 to implement a climate tax on beef. The proposal has been put forward for consideration by the government.
Other countries are also seeing a shift toward vegan. The Chinese government has set a goal to reduce meat consumption by 50% by 2030. Portugal is working to provide vegan options in all public institutions. Netherlands and Sweden have updated their dietary guidelines to include the environmental benefits of plant-based diets. The German Ministry of Environment has banned meat from all of its official events.