COP26: Will they finally talk about the #CowIntheRoom?

The world gathered once again last weekend to discuss one of the most pressing issues of our time, the climate crisis. The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), is happening right now in Glasgow and will last until Nov. 12, and what we’re waiting for is an official recognition of the impact the world’s food and agricultural systems have on climate change.

the UN COP26 being interrupted by a huge cow in the room


Our anticipation might be in vain though, since not a single day has been dedicated to food and agriculture issues, and the issue hasn’t been seriously addressed in previous conferences. Still we are hoping that this time there will be more discussion and decision making over the fact that food production is a major contributor to climate change, responsible for about a third of global greenhouse gas emissions.

#cowintheroom is an international campaign by the Humane Society International that was launched recently, backed by a variety of celebrity activists such as Joaquin Phoenix, Billie Eilish, Moby, Alan Cumming, Evanna Lynch, and Alicia Silverstone, who together, sent an urgent demand letter to COP26 President Rt. Hon. Alok Sharma, demanding that he include the role of animal agriculture in all discussions about the climate crisis. 

In the meantime we will leave you with the clever words of actress Roony Mara, who said it better than we ever could: “There are so many decisions 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.”

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