Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS | OPINION -

Dear Ms Leu,

Con­grat­u­la­tions on join­ing the Cities Power Part­ner­ship! We at Peo­ple for the Eth­i­cal Treat­ment of An­i­mals (PETA) know that Dou­glas Shire is com­mit­ted to

mit­i­gat­ing cli­mate change, so we have a sug­ges­tion that would boost your en­vi­ron­men­tal cre­den­tials and help pave the way to a greener fu­ture: man­date that all coun­cil meet­ings, func­tions, and other events serve only ve­gan food.

As you likely know, an­i­mal agri­cul­ture is a lead­ing cause of cli­mate change and en­vi­ron­men­tal degra­da­tion in Aus­tralia and around the world. More than 50 per cent of Aus­tralia’s green­house-gas emis­sions come from live­stock. Go­ing ve­gan can more than halve a per­son’s di­etary green­house-gas emis­sions.

As you know, there’s a lot at steak. Cli­mate change caused by green­house­gas emis­sions is the great­est threat to the Great Bar­rier Reef, which is not only a natural won­der but also in­te­gral to Dou­glas Shire’s tourism in­dus­try. Last year, the reef ex­pe­ri­enced its worst bleach­ing event on record. The pris­tine reefs in the north – in­clud­ing Port Dou­glas – were the most ad­versely af­fected, with a mor­tal­ity rate of twothirds of the co­ral in the re­gion.

Not only would this strat­egy im­me­di­ately re­duce the coun­cil’s emis­sions, it would also do so with­out any cost to ratepay­ers.

May we hear from you that you’re com­mit­ted to mak­ing this small but pow­er­ful change?

Very truly yours,

Ash­ley Fruno, As­so­ciate Di­rec­tor of Cam­paigns, PETA.

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