“Paradise by the Dashboard Light” singer Meat Loaf says he would “do anything” for the planet. Even ditching meat once a week.
The rock legend — real name Marvin Lee Aday — has partnered with UK-based Italian-American chain Frankie & Benny’s to promote its new vegan menu for Veganuary.
“When Frankie & Benny’s first approached me to rebrand to Veg Loaf I said no way in hell – I won’t do that,” he told the Daily Star. He added that dropping meat at least once a week “can make a huge difference” to the planet.
Frankie & Benny’s new vegan menu includes mac and cheese, chicken parmigiana, and hot dogs.
‘I Feel for That Greta’
Meat Loaf’s statements are at odds with the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” star’s words about climate activist Greta Thunberg in an article on the Daily Mail. “I feel for that Greta. She has been brainwashed into thinking that there is climate change and there isn’t,” he said.
The 72-year-old added that the 17-year-old has “been forced into thinking that what she is saying is true.”
Thunberg has spoken before the 25th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) and the Climate Action Summit. She has also bolstered her speeches with evidence.
At the World Economic Forum in Davos, she referenced a 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. It called for “unprecedented changes” to society in order to keep global temperatures from rising beyond control.
“Either we prevent 1.5C of warming or we don’t. Either we avoid setting off that irreversible chain reaction beyond human control or we don’t,” Thunberg said.
Climate change’s existence is backed by research. A 2013 survey published in the journal Environmental Research Letters found that 97 percent of over 12,000 peer-reviewed climate science papers agree that the phenomenon is caused by human activity.
A June 2018 study from the journal Science, the largest-ever food production analysis, found that eating a plant-based diet is the most effective way to combat the climate crisis. Thunberg is a vegan because of this.
According to a recent study published in the journal Climate Change, “people are more likely to support policies if the advocate for these policies has a low carbon footprint” — which may be why Thunberg has helped spark Fridays for Futures, a global youth-led climate strike movement.