Hollywood power couple Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara drew people’s attention towards the link between animal agriculture and environmental issues at a recently-held TED livestream.
The vegan duo shared their views on the topic during the Countdown Global Livestream organized by TED in partnership with the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26).
The free online event was centred around environmental protection and climate crisis. It featured renowned personalities including Al Gore, Mark Ruffalo, Regina Hall, Charlie Puth, and Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, amongst others.
Phoenix started, “We’re in a true planetary emergency. And most people don’t know that the number one contributing factor to increasing global temperatures is the way that we fuel our homes, our businesses, our modes of transportation, and our bodies.”
Giving her views, Mara said, “All of that can feel very overwhelming. But for us, being vegan is a privileged choice that we get to make every day, multiple times a day, that we know will make a huge impact.”
“There are so many decisions that are made that are outside of our control, that affect our lives and the planet. But this is one thing that we do have control over that we know will make a difference. This challenge actually presents an immense opportunity for innovation,” she added.
Phoenix highlighted the connection between animal agriculture and environment destruction during the session. He said that it is important to understand this link and not ignore it “if any of us are going to claim to truly care about the planet”.
A massive change is required in all of the aforementioned if we want to set things right, he said.