Reading Time: 2 minutes Cumming stressed the importance of plant-based diets in fighting climate change Credit: Instagram
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Alan Cumming is pleading with politicians to serve exclusively plant-based food at the UN Climate Conference (COP26) later this year.

The X-Men star stressed the importance of a climate event leading the charge in light of the environmental impact caused by the meat and dairy industries.

Alan Cumming

In a letter penned to cabinet minister and COP26 President Alok Sharma, the actor called for a vegan-only menu at the event, which is being held in November.

He wrote: “Given that animal agriculture contributes to many of the serious environmental problems the planet is facing, I hope you’ll agree that serving meat while trying to fight climate change is like serving beer at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.

“It’s irresponsible and unhelpful.

“If the goal of the COP26 summit is to protect the planet – as well as promote compassionate, responsible behavior – animal-derived foods have no place on the menu.”

COP26 urged to go plant-based

The letter came in a partnership with PETA. So far, more than 55,000 supporters have joined the calls alongside Cumming.

Additionally, a petition is circling online which outlines the ‘significant’ benefits of plant-based diets in tackling the climate crisis.

It reads: “Disappointingly, previous UN Climate Change conferences have offered very little plant-based foods.

“And, COP26 presents an opportunity for the UK government to set a global example in Glasgow, one of most vegan-friendly cities in the world.”

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Politicians slammed

Earlier this year, a similar environment-focused political event took place in the UK. The Group of Seven (G7) summit last month brought together world leaders for the first time in almost two years.

Despite calls for completely plant-based food to be served, global leaders were slammed. This was for a ‘steak and lobster BBQ celebration’ they enjoyed at the event amid the climate crisis.

According to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the meeting was to ‘galvanist global action on fighting climate change’. Moreover, he said it will ‘create a healthy planet for our children and grandchildren’.

It’s in line with ‘ambitious’ targets to slash greenhouse gas emissions by over two-thirds within the next decade in the UK alone.

Emily is a News and Features Writer for Plant Based News. She has previously worked as a journalist in Devon, UK, reporting on local issues from politics to the environment.