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Morrissey beordrer Al Gore og Pharrell: Stop kødsalg til klimaevent

Morrissey beordrer Al Gore og Pharrell: Stop kødsalg til klimaevent

Det er ikke første gang, forsangeren for hedengangne The Smiths er ude offentligt at kritisere forbruget af kød- og mælkeprodukter. Denne gang er det den forhenværende vicepræsident Al Gore, tv-producer Kevin Wall og Pharrell Williams, der får smøren i forbindelse med eventet Live Earth. 

Morrissey har skrevet et åbent brev til Al Gore, en af grundlæggerne af Live Earth, Kevin Wall og Pharrell Williams, der er creative director til eventet, hvor han blandt andet skriver: "At servere kød- og mælkeprodukter ved et event, der skal bekæmpe klimaforandringer, er ligesom at sælge pistoler til en våbenkontrol-kongres."

Det store event Live Earth løb første gang af stablen tilbage i 2007, men nu er det altså tilbage med et event den 18. juni, forud for klimatopmødet til december. Live Earth 2015 byder på 100 artister fordelt på seks kontinenter: New York i USA, Johannesburg i Sydafrika, Sydney i Australien, Beijing i Kina, São Paulo i Brasilien og Paris i Frankrig. Pharrell udtaler: "I stedet for at folk bare optræder, vil vi bogstaveligt talt harmonisere hele menneskeheden på en gang."

Det er langtfra første gang, Morrissey er ude som ivrig fortaler for veganer-livsstilen. Allerede i 1985 var Morrissey og resten af The Smiths aktuelle med albummet "Meat is Murder". Læs det passionerede brev i forbindelse med Live Earth nedenfor:

"Dear Mr. Gore and Mr. Wall,

I am writing to ask you to do the one thing that will do the most good for the planet and the majority of its inhabitants: not serve meat or dairy products at Live Earth 2015. I don't mean offering a vegan option-I mean not serving animal products at all. Otherwise, the event will make no sense-it'll be "greenwashing." Serving meat and dairy products at an event to combat climate change is like selling pistols at a gun-control rally. Your responsibility is to alert people to a crisis, not sell out to the vendors responsible for it.

Not only is it possible for venues to provide a 100 percent meat-free menu-as is done now at every concert venue in which I perform, including Madison Square Garden, where I have a show at the end of June-it's also a moral duty.

We already know that raising animals for food is a leading cause of climate change and that moving toward a vegan diet is necessary to combat climate change's worst effects. Animal agriculture severely affects the world's freshwater supply and is a major contributor to global greenhouse-gas emissions, deforestation, loss of biodiversity, and air and water pollution, among many other harmful effects.

Since you can't miss the fact that meat consumption is killing the planet-your own sponsor organization, the United Nations, states this-and since venues can and will cater vegan food for events, if you choose to serve animal flesh at Live Earth, you'll be making a mockery of the very concept of the event, in which case it should be renamed "Dead Earth: We Contributed!"

Don't be a denier of the causes of climate change. You know the facts. Make the right choice.

Sincerely, Morrissey" 


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