Watch What Vegan Activist Russel Simmons Had To Say To A Crowd Of Environmentalists!

Stars, filmmakers, and philanthropists strolled down an appropriately green carpet and gathered in a vast hangar at Santa Monica airport for this year’s Environmental Media Association awards on Saturday night. Among the honorees at the ceremony, which recognizes both individuals and corporations who have demonstrated a commitment to protect the environment through their work, were Natalie PortmanRussell Simmons, John Paul DeJoria and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Simmons has himself been a vegan for a number of years, and is an outspoken advocate of the lifestyle.

During his speech he made the point that people can’t, in many ways, call themselves environmentalists if they eat meat — if anything, because animal agriculture is the leading cause of climate change.

According to Variety, Simmons said:

“A lot of environmentalists say we don’t want to bring the food we eat into our discussion, but we have to. The number one cause of global warming is the animals you eat. As activists you are conscious beings and you have to wake up and be more conscious.”

Russell Simmons explains why meat is bad for the environment

Russell Simmons says giving up meat can help save our planet from climate change (via Environmental Media Association)

Posted by NowThis on Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Simmons is leading the charge in conscious veganism.

He is showing the world that veganism is about more than the food we eat, that, in fact, our personal choices have major impacts on the world and everyone around us. Simmons’ wisdom is much needed as it’s becoming clearer and clearer that humanity needs to make some changes. We only have one planet, after all.