Boris revels in lack of leadership on climate change and diet

9 September 2008

Press release | Jenny Jones
London Assembly Green Party Member

9th Sept 2008


Responding to Boris Johnson’s comments [Daily Telegraph 9th Sept – Save the planet by cutting down on meat? That’s just a load of bull] regarding the chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Dr Rajendra Pachauri recommendation of reducing meat consumption to reduce carbon emissions. Livestock is responsible for 18% of total global warming gases and this is set to double by 2050, more than transport.

Jenny Jones, former chair of London Food and Green London Assembly Member, said:

“I am really appalled at Boris Johnson’s flagrant disregard for climate change, demonstrated by his refusal to contemplate any reduction in meat consumption, even suggesting he will increase his consumption as a protest. This shows a real lack of leadership, and sends a message out that we can all act irresponsibly and not make any behavioural changes.”
Jenny wants Londoners to start thinking about the food they eat in the same way as they have begun thinking about how they travel. The report that Dr Rajenda Pachuri is referring to (Livestock's Long Shadow) have highlighted the growing impact of meat, dairy products as making a big contribution to greenhouse gases and climate change.

Jenny Jones, added “We all consume two or three meals a day so the impact of our choices can have a big effect on our local and global environments. If we carry on eating so much food that has been produced in an environmentally unfriendly way, we’ll be contributing massively to climate change. We Londoners import most of our food and with the increasing population we have to find a way of being less damaging to the environment”

Notes to Editors

1) Jenny Jones is available for interview

2) Livestock's Long Shadow – report by the UN’s Food & Agriculture Organisation

Livestock is responsible for 18% of total global warming gases and this is set to double by 2050, more than transport.
Growing populations and incomes, along with changing food preferences, are rapidly increasing demand for livestock products, while globalization is boosting trade in livestock inputs and products. Global production of meat is projected to more than double from 229 million tonnes in 1999/01 to 465 million tonnes in 2050, and that of milk to grow from 580 to 1 043 million tonnes. The environmental impact per unit of livestock production must be cut by half, just to avoid increasing the level of damage beyond its present level.

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