What do you do when you’re unhappy with decisions a politician is making? You write a letter, of course. Morrissey penned a sharp-tongued missive to former vice president Al Gore and producer Kevin Wall who, together, are the founders of the climate change awareness event Live Earth, scheduled for June 18. The former Smiths frontman calls on the organizers to serve an all-vegan menu at the event, in which 100 artists will perform across seven continents. The “Meat is Murder” singer has a long history of demanding venues go vegan for his appearances, but he has a special message for the Live Earth crew: Ditch meat because it’s bad for the planet.
Morrissey’s been singing “Meat is Murder” for 30 years and he’s well known for demanding venues serve an all-vegan menu when he comes a-singing, to be in alignment with his own ethical vegan philosophy. Even Madison Square Garden, where Morrissey will perform this June, has agreed to serve a completely vegan menu for that concert event.
Live Earth is an event designed to promote awareness and spread education on environmental issues, and has run annually since 2007. This summer, according to Gore and Wall, Live Earth 2015 will feature over 100 artists, performing across seven continents, all to combat climate change. Gore himself reportedly went vegan in 2013 and claimed that he’d likely be vegan for life, so why would he back an event where animal products are served?
Morrissey, a long-time ethical vegan and friend to the planet, was invited to perform and the event’s theme prompted him to take pen to paper (or so we imagine) and demand that the organizers get real about their goals and motivations. Moz, as he is known by long-time fans, points out to the former veep and his colleague that they need to steer clear of hypocrisy by banning meat and dairy products from the event, since raising animals for consumption is one of the greatest contributors to climate change.
So far, there has been no official response reported from the Live Earth organizers.
Read Morrissey’s open letter below:
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.
Via Rolling Stone