Greta Thunberg released a film on Biodiversity Day calling for an overhaul on the way we treat nature, and in particular, animals The 18-year-old climate called for a systematic change of the way we farm animals - Media Credit: Instagram

Greta Thunberg Calls For An End To Animal Agriculture In Biodiversity Day Film


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Greta Thunberg revealed a short film to her millions of followers on social media that stressed the importance of protecting animals and nature in order to fight the global ecological crisis.

Moreover, she deplored the animal agriculture industry: ‘If we continue, we will run out of land and food’.

It was revealed on Saturday, May 22 – which is Biodiversity Day.

Greta Thunberg’s plea

Greta Thunberg urged her millions of followers to protect nature

At the time of writing, the video was watched over 100,000 times within just four hours.

Animal protection charity Mercy for Animals sponsored the Gripping Films Production which sees the Swedish teenager discuss the links between the ecological and climate crises and health crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additionally, Tom Mustill is the Director.

‘The next pandemic could be much worse’

One of the dramatic statistics Thunberg outlines is: ’75 percent of all new diseases come from other animals.’

‘Because of the way we farm and treat nature, cutting down forests and destroying habitats, we are creating the perfect conditions for disease to spill over from one animal to another. And, to us. The next pandemic could be much much worse’, she explains.

Thunberg goes on to deplore vast land use and deforestation: “It just doesn’t make sense.” Moreover, humans have ‘industrialized life on earth’, she adds.

However, she stresses: ‘We can change’. This will be achieved by changing the way we farm, changing what we eat, and changing how we treat nature. 

Biodiversity Day

The International Day for Biological Diversity – also know as Biodiversity Day – is sanctioned by the United Nations. It was created in order to promote biodiversity issues.

The 18-year-old chose the day to unveil the video in line with her activism work, spawn from her School Strike For Climate – where she protested outside the Swedish government.

In another tweet, Thunberg pressed global leaders.

She said: “Yes, we are all responsible for the climate- and biodiversity emergency. 

“We – the 99.9 percent – have a responsibility to put pressure on the 0.1 percent in charge who refuse to stop the ongoing destruction of present and future living conditions for life on earth.”

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1 year ago

I only support slaughter-free farming.

Stewart Lands
Stewart Lands
1 year ago

There is no question that eating lower on the food chain is better for the environment. Less land and resources to grow food is a very good thing for everything else living on this planet, and we can all do better in that regard–including more selective of the plant-based items that we consume. Many plant-based favorites are no better than the foods that Miss Thunberg recognizes as harmful. For example, cashews and almond require one entire gallon each of water to grow–pound-for-pound, more than chicken–and many of our out-of-season favorites are imported across entire continents or oceans, adding to the carbon footprint we hope to avoid. And how can anyone argue for a “vegan” label on such unnecessary luxuries as beer and wine, considering the wildlife populations destroyed in their production? Every farmed food exploits those animals displaced in order to grow them, and to deny this fact is a dangerous omission of truth that prohibits good decisions on behalf of consumers.

In the end, agriculture is the foremost cause of animal extinction, world-wide. Ironically, much of this destruction may be avoided through thoughtful consumption of the wildlife resources available to us on unaltered lands. A goose or squirrel , for example, taken from the wild is immediately replaced by another of the very next generation, with no harm to habitat and wildlife populations. Provided such foods are taken in a well-managed and sustainable manner, it is far less destructive to take the excess animals born into any population than to destroy entire populations in order to establish mono-cultures that serve only man and which require the diversion of vast amounts of water from sensitive aquatic systems. In the end. eating well for the world requires more thought than any simple mantra can provide. I applaud Miss Thunberg for helping inform people of the hazards of agriculture, and I hope that she and others will consider that no matter one’s dietary preferences, there is no such thing as a cruelty-free meal.

10 months ago

If it’s better for the animals–if it spares their lives–I’m for it, with or without “the environment.”

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