Why James Cameron Says You Should Be Vegan

Yes, you… That is, if you consider yourself to be an environmentalist.

Cameron, who was honored at a National Geographic Anniversary Gala in 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.

 

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233 comments

Jim Ven
Jim Ven3 months ago

thanks for the article.

Helga Ganguly
Helga Ganguly10 months ago

Humans BY NATURE are non vegan. Check with a dentist on the teeth we have. And why. Then remember that human females lactate. When a child drinks his mother's milk,is he vegan? Or just friendly?

Helga Ganguly
Helga Ganguly10 months ago

You realize just linking something with Cameron makes it sketchy by association.

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Rosemary H.
Rosemary H.2 years ago

So I divided that post wrongly.....as I was saying....

3. The hills of Mid-Wales, not far west from where I live, are remote and unsuitable for any kind of farming other than rearing sheep. If there were no more sheep, how else could the families who depend on them earn a living from their land?

Rosemary H.
Rosemary H.2 years ago

There are three questions I've always wanted to put to vegans, ever since I met some a few years ago at a coffee morning.

1. My former partner, a respected agricultural journalist, used to say 'he couldn't be doing with vegetarians and vegans because if it was up to them, all the wonderful rare breeds of farm animals that we have in Britain would be extinct.' I'm not as bothered about the extinction of a breed as I am about the extinction of a species, but I think he had a point. How could we practically save them from extinction?

2. Even if you don't think we should breed any more pedigree animals, these rare breeds are ideally suited to conservation grazing of nature reserves. A motley collection of animals from rescues is unlikely to thrive as well as local breeds - they are unlikely to be as hardy, nor do well without the grains the've been used to. The point of conservation grazing is that it is important to keep grass and other vegetation at the right level, so rare plants and the threatened wildlife that depends on them can thrive. However you still can't keep these rare breed animals free of charge - they need vet checks and more. The cost of keeping them is only practical if the animals are bred for meat. Are there any alternative ideas for keeping the grass under control?

3. The hills of Mid-Wales, not far west from where I live, are remote and unsuitable for any kind of farming other than rearing sheep. If there were no more sheep, how else could the fami

Rosemary H.
Rosemary H.2 years ago

(Part 2) Asking the questions on Care2, I can imagine:

1. Nah, let 'em become extinct!
2. Nah, let 'em become extinct!
3. Nah, let 'em live on benefit or become extinct!

The answers I got at the time were:

1.. Keep them as pets. (Rare breed farmers roll their eyes skywards at the expense!)
2. Mow the nature reserves. (Mow a moutainside...! Otherwise, there's too much grass or too little grass, but never the constant length that's needed. And what about all that 'green manure', feeding the weeds?)
3. Tourism. (At that time the Youth Hostels Association was telling its members it couldn't maintain one single youth hostel in Mid-Wales!)

I seriously believe there are no workable vegan answers.

Rosemary H.
Rosemary H.2 years ago

@ Marie, Thanks!

Croeso! Fi ond buchedda filltir ai 'n ddau chan 'r ffinia ag Lloegr.

marie J.
2 years ago

@Rosemary. Thank you!
Croeso, s'mae, shwmae? Mae'ndda gen. Siarada chicyn bo her. Nos da x

Rosemary H.
Rosemary H.2 years ago

Ha, how often does a post go through by accident before you've finished?

I was trying to say that we are all entitled to comment on any thread, but I believe in being polite, though I won't lie down flat under a rude attack. I can stand up for myself without descending to the same level, which is the correct thing to do! Never give in to a bully!

To get back on track, I've just seen a news item about huge amounts of fruit and veggies going to waste from a leading supermarket. Other food was wasted as well, but fruit and veggies were worse. That must push up carbon footprints.