"On a personal basis, perhaps the most important thing you can do to stop climate change is change your diet to a more vegetarian diet."
-- Dr. James Hansen, world leading climatologist, Chief of NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, USA
"Production of livestock is an enormously intense one in terms of consumption of resources. Therefore, the panel is saying that, yes, let us change our lifestyles. Reducing meat consumption is part of the solution in a world with soon 9 billion people."
-- Achim Steiner, Executive Director of United Nations Environment Program
"Experts say that eating less meat will also minimize our impact on the environment and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The message is clear: climate change is about our health and the health of our planet. We are all in this together."
-- Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General
"I feel blessed that I was introduced to this lifestyle years ago... The benefits for me are increased energy, a slowing of the aging process, and I have none of the diseases like hypertension, heart disease and diabetes that many people my age seem to get."
-- Coretta Scott King, US civil rights leader, wife of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; vegan
"I went on essentially a plant-based diet. I live on beans, legumes, vegetables, fruits... It changed my whole metabolism and I lost 24 pounds, and I got back to basically what I weighed in high school."
-- Bill Clinton, 42nd US President
"Vegetables and fruits are the power to a good future. And quite frankly, healthy good food tastes good."
-- First Lady Michelle Obama, USA
"I always say that if you eat less meat, you would be healthier and so would the planet."
-- Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Nobel Peace Prize
"I hold flesh-food to be unsuited to our species."
-- Mahatma Gandhi, Indian statesman and philosopher
"A change of diet is literally our biggest chance to stop global warming, as well as improving our health and saving money. Less Meat = Less Heat."
-- Edward McMillan-Scott, Vice President of European Parliament
"Today we can produce enough vegetarian food to feed everybody in the world. We don't need to kill animals."
-- Dr. Janez Drnovsek, 2nd President of Slovenia; vegan
"There's no question that the number one contributor to climate change is livestock production. The quickest way to make an effect is to immediately start on a vegan diet."
-- Lisa Bloom, CNN/CBS TV legal analyst
"The best solution would be for us all to become vegetarians."
-- Yvo de Boer, former Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
"For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love."
-- Pythagoras, Greek mathematician
"Meat is a wasteful use of water and creates a lot of greenhouse gases. It puts enormous pressure on the world's resources. A vegetarian diet is better."
-- Lord Nicholas Stern, leading economist, UK
"One of the important contributions that we could make to lower carbon emissions is a change in our diets. That is the change we need, the change that will guarantee us a much better quality of life on a much better cared-for planet than the one we have today – which is what we all want."
-- José María Figueres Olsen, 44th President of Costa Rica
"Unless we change our food choices, nothing else matters. Because it is meat that is destroying most of our forests. It is meat that pollutes the waters. It is meat that is creating disease which leads to all our money being diverted to hospitals. So, it's the first choice for anybody who wants to save the Earth."
-- Maneka Gandhi, Indian Parliament Member
"By eating these whole foods, getting away from the dairy – anything with a mother, anything with a face – meat, fish, and chicken, it's so incredible how powerful the body can be. And if we're going to have a seismic revolution of health, which is really right at our fingertips, the major behavior that has to change is interestingly enough: our food. That is the absolutely key card, it trumps everything."
-- Caldwell Esselstyn, MD, leading cardiology consultant, USA
"Being a vegetarian to me was my edge, the way I was going to be ahead of the guy I had to play against. He couldn't beat me as long as he was harboring tons of flesh in his stomach at that time."
-- John Salley, 4-time US National Basketball Association champion
"It would be one of the almost silver bullets, really. It would be very good for the planet!" (on the vegetarian diet)
-- Dr. John Schellnhuber, Director of Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany
"Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace."
-- Albert Schweitzer, German-French theologian, Nobel Peace Prize
"Would this habit of eating animals not require that we slaughter animals that we knew as individuals, and in whose eyes we could gaze and see ourselves reflected, only a few hours before our meal?"
-- Socrates, Greek philosopher
"Meat kills, especially the animal who is killed for the meat. That's why we like to say, "Peace begins on your plate." So all of you out there who say you're peaceful and you want world peace, start it right on your plate."
-- Jane Velez-Mitchell, Emmy Award-winning TV journalist (CNN)
"I became a vegetarian after realizing that animals feel afraid, cold, hungry and unhappy like we do. I feel very deeply about vegetarianism and the animal kingdom. It was my dog Boycott who led me to question the right of humans to eat other sentient beings."
-- César Chávez, US civil rights activist
“I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals…."
-- Henry David Thoreau, US philosopher and author
"I don't eat meat, fish, or eggs…. I've got more energy now."
-- Shania Twain, Canadian country pop singer
"Being a thoughtful vegan makes our time on this Earth more peaceful and joyous, because you get to have a hand in increasing the happiness, good health and well-being of others – both animal and human – rather than being an instrument of their suffering and death."
-- Russell Simmons, US hip-hop pioneer, co-founder of Def Jam Recordings
"I personally chose to go vegan because I educated myself on factory farming and cruelty to animals, and I suddenly realized that what was on my plate were living things, with feelings. And I just couldn't disconnect myself from it any longer."
-- Ellen DeGeneres, Emmy Award-winning US TV show host and comedienne
"While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal conditions on this earth?"
-- George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright, Nobel Prize and Academy Award; vegetarian
"The time will come when men such as I will look on the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men."
-- Leonardo da Vinci, Italian artist, sculptor and inventor
"Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances of survival for life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet."
-- Dr. Albert Einstein, German physicist, Nobel Prize; vegetarian
"If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian."
-- Sir Paul McCartney, former Beatles member
"We don't need to eat anyone who would run, swim, or fly away if he could."
-- James Cromwell, Academy and Emmy Award-nominated actor (Babe)
"You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson, US poet, author and philosopher
"A vegan diet is so much better for your health, for the environment generally, and as no animals are harmed, it's cruelty free. It's going well so far and I feel great. I've loads of energy and just feel so much more invigorated as a result."
-- Rosanna Davison, Miss World 2003, Irish top model