Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara Bring Vegan Message to TED Climate Summit

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Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara Bring Vegan Message to TED Climate Summit
Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara Bring Vegan Message to TED Climate Summit

The vegan couple Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara will be part of the Countdown Global Livestream this weekend and bring a vegan message to the climate conference. The multimedia TED event was hosted by Latif Nasser, co-host of Radiolab, from the TED World Theater in New York, was launched in collaboration with the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) and is hosted by YouTube Originals. The virtual event focuses on solutions to the climate crisis and brings together climate experts, activists, and economic and government leaders along with celebrity guests such as Don Cheadle, Rainn Wilson, Regina Hall, Mark Ruffalo, Mayim Bialik (who is also a longtime vegan) and the musical guests Valerie June, Dave Matthews and Charlie Puth. “We know we are in a global crisis, but we spend too little time focusing on the solutions,” said Lindsay Levin, founding partner of Countdown and CEO of Leaders’ Quest, in a statement. “The Countdown Global Livestream will show examples of positive change already underway and how we can scale it to create a better future for all.” The event will air on October 30th – the eve of the official opening of COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland – will be broadcast live on TED’s YouTube channel from 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET. The Countdown Global Livestream closes a week with sustainability-focused YouTube Originals and follows TED’s personal climate conference in Edinburgh, which served a fully plant-based, climate-friendly menu. “We believe we all have a role to play in fighting climate change,” said Chris Anderson, founding partner of Countdown and head of TED, in a statement. “As world leaders gather in Glasgow, we created the Countdown Global Livestream as a place where family and friends around the world come together to take action against climate change.” The vegan message from Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara Animal husbandry – which accounts for 14.5 to 16.5 percent of all anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions worldwide – has been largely ignored as a topic of discussion at previous climate talks, and Phoenix and Mara hope that COP26 will be different. Phoenix and Mara will be performing on video at the event and their message will focus directly on how animal husbandry is fueling the climate crisis. “We are in a real planetary emergency and most people don’t realize that the main driver of rising global temperatures is the way we power our homes, businesses, transportation, and bodies,” said Phoenix in a video statement. “Now we have to massively transform these systems, and soon.” Sitting by his side, Mara talked about the individual decisions that people can make in the fight against the climate crisis, starting with not using animal products. “All of this can feel very overwhelming, but for us being vegan is a privileged choice that we can make several times a day every day and that we know will have a huge impact,” said Mara. “There are so many choices that are out of our control that affect our lives and the planet. But that’s one thing that we are in control of and that we know will make a difference. ”To change the narrative further, Phoenix teamed up with a group of vegan celebrities like Billie Eilish, Moby, Alan Cumming, Evanna Lynch and Alicia Silverstone joined Humane Society International’s #CowIntheRoom campaign. Together, the prominent activists sent an urgent letter of claim to COP26 President Rt. Schatz. Alok Sharma and demands that he include the role of animal husbandry in all discussions about the climate crisis. Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara are vegans for the good Phoenix and Mara – who recently welcomed their first child, River, named after Phoenix’s late brother – are longtime vegan activists and have used their respective platforms to promote animal rights issues. One such case was during the 92nd Annual Academy Awards last year. After accepting his award for best actor for his lead role in Joker, Phoenix – who helped convert many awards during the cycle last year to the plant-based switch – delivered a moving speech on the intersection of injustice, specifically highlighting the exploitative nature of animal husbandry Dairy farming. “We have become very disconnected from the natural world. We feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow and when it is born we steal her baby, although her screams of fear are unmistakable. And then we take their milk, which is intended for their calf, and put it in our coffee and cereal, ”Phoenix said during his speech. “I think if we use love and compassion as our guiding principles, we can create, develop, and implement systems of change that are beneficial to all living beings and the environment.” After award season had swept, he and Mara drew attention to animal rights issues. Instead of chatting with the other stars at after parties with beef burgers, the duo dined at the vegan fast food chain Monty’s Good Burger. Then the couple made their way to Manning Beef slaughterhouse near Los Angeles to rescue a mother cow and her calf. The cows, mother Liberty and daughter Indigo, now live their natural lives on Farm Sanctuary in Acton, California, where they are frequently visited by Phoenix and Mara. For more information on Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara, visit: Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara March for Animal Rights Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara welcome first child named River Joaquin Phoenix tells the story of rescuing cows from Anna Starostinetskaya’s “Factory of Death” is the senior news editor at VegNews and has an overview of everything vegan in her hometown of San Francisco, CA and everywhere else. Photo Credit: TED Countdown Get the VegNews Christmas Dinner Edition for FREE if you subscribe by November 1st! 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