Eat green, says Euro candidate
A BARNSTAPLE town councillor is lending his support to a new national campaign to encourage people to reduce the amount of meat they eat to help combat climate change. Cllr Ricky Knight, a vegetarian of more than 25 years, is backing the latest environme
A BARNSTAPLE town councillor is lending his support to a new national campaign to encourage people to reduce the amount of meat they eat to help combat climate change.Cllr Ricky Knight, a vegetarian of more than 25 years, is backing the latest environmental project by Europe's largest campaigning vegetarian group, Viva!. Eat Green will provide vital information and support to thousands of people wanting to change their diet to reduce their carbon footprints.The Eat Green campaign features a new websitewww.eatgreen.org.uk, where you can find out everything youneed to know about eco-eating - cutting down on meat, orgoing vegetarian or vegan. "Vegetarianism/veganism is one of the most responsible andsustainable lifestyle changes one can make, particularly inregard to existing farming practices," Mr Knight said. "I consider it morally indefensible and pragmatically unnecessary to kill defenceless animals to feed humanity or further scientific research." Cllr Knight is the lead Green Party candidate in the SouthWest European Elections taking place on June 4 this year.His policy interests include: the European Union; renewableenergy/nuclear; sustainable tourism and aviation; globalwarming and electoral reform.He added: "Our mindless addiction to the hamburger, marketed mercilessly throughout the globe, is destroying our rainforests, while methane emissions from cattle have adisastrous effect on the environment. I wholeheartedlysupport Viva!'s Eat Green environmental campaign.