Yes, you… That is, if you consider yourself to be an environmentalist.
Cameron, who was honored at a National Geographic Anniversary Gala last June, took the opportunity to inspire others by explaining his recent decision to stop using animal products.
“We’re always talking about the action items… What are we asking people to do? What are the changes we are asking people to make in their daily lives? Well I’m going to tell you one… I went into the kitchen, I took everything out of that kitchen that wasn’t a plant, and for five and a half months I’ve eaten only plants. No meat, no dairy, no eggs, no FISH.”
Well, okay… James Cameron isn’t suggesting that you go completely vegan. He’s not pointing to wool or fur or leather or silk, and he’s not quite suggesting that you boycott horse races or circuses. However, he does make it clear that eco-conscious individuals have an obligation to eat a plant-based diet. In fact, he goes so far as to say:
“You can’t be an environmentalist, you can’t be an ocean steward, without truly walking the walk. And you can’t walk the walk in the world of the future – the world ahead of us, the world of our children – without eating a plant-based diet.”
Well, this information has been circulating amongst vegans for a long time. When you spend every day of your life immersed in the facts of plant-dependent living compared with animal-dependent living, it becomes painfully evident how essential it is that humanity makes this shift, if we want to have a chance of building a future that is actually inhabitable.
As I said in an earlier article,
“Our appetite for flesh and for the products that come from the bodies of animals, combined with our growing human population, has caused us to create systems of animal ‘farming’ that are not only completely unsustainable in the long-term, but are also immediately damaging to many of the natural eco-systems that we depend on, including rainforests, rivers, oceans, grasslands, marshes, and even the atmosphere… Despite assertions to the contrary, even ‘free-range’ or ‘grass-fed’ animal farming is destructive to the natural environment.”
Cameron goes on to explain how eliminating animal products from our diet not only provides its own rewards by improving our health, but actually allows us to take control over our own ecological footprint.
“I’m healthier, I’ve got more energy, my cardio endurance has about doubled… It’s amazing, but setting aside the health benefits, how often do you get that kind of incredible win-win, where you can really transform the planet, and it’s actually possible?”
As Cameron says at the end of his speech, you won’t believe it just hearing it from me, or from him… But thankfully, now that they’re out there (and you can be sure of that, they are out there) you can check out the facts for yourselves.