BY ALI BERMAN OCTOBER 2, 2012
Environmentalists adore James Cameron for his environmental activism and for making “Avatar”, the eco film that got the world talking about how we use and abuse our planet.
Now, in a move that helps the earth, people and animals, it seems that the director has gone vegan, and has brought his family along for the ride. When asked about how his family reacted to the plant based diet he said, “…the kids want hamburgers and Coke because they’re kids. But all of human consciousness is five years old emotionally. It’s not a requirement to eat animals, we just choose to do it, so it becomes a moral choice and one that is having a huge impact on the planet, using up resources and destroying the biosphere.”
While we’re all for those celebrities who choose to go vegan for their health, we do love it when we hear about someone like Cameron making the choice to give up animal products for purely ethical reasons. The health benefits are a great added bonus, but it seems he’s doing it because of the animals and the huge amounts of resources it takes to farm them.
Cameron, with his special love for the rainforest, probably knows that one of the biggest contributors to the destruction of those precious bits of land is cattle ranching. Trees are cut down so the cows can graze. And of course, animal agriculture is responsible for a huge portion of greenhouse gases, in part because of how many trees are cut down to accomodate the large animals.
We’re sure with a bit of education, his family will get right on board with reducing their consumption of animal products. Even if they don’t, we’re sure his animal and eco-friendly choice will inspire others beyond his own blood line.
About Ali Berman
Ali Berman is a writer, teacher and activist. She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Ali is also a fiction writer. Her published work can be found on her website at aliberman.com. In early 2012 Ali co-foundedflipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.