Ex-Labour Party leader calls for reduction in meat consumption and to help farmers transition

Photo: BBC Radio 4

Former U.K. Labour Party leader Ed Miliband says we have to reduce meat to help tackle the climate crisis.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4, the Member of Parliament also said plans to expand Heathrow Airport have to be stopped.

He told The Today Programme:

"We are going to have to eat less meat over time. I didn't say stop completely but we are going to have to eat less meat and we are going to have to help farmers make that transition.
"I'm not saying we have to fly less, but we can't have unlimited airport expansion, take Heathrow, we shouldn't be going ahead with a new runway at Heathrow.
"What the experts say is flying is the hardest thing and we will have to make that transition.
"Unless we tackle this threat we will be seen by future generations as people who failed. We can do this in a way that will create better lives for people up and down this country."

He also suggested that we should tax flights more and improve public transport across the U.K. and encourage people to walk and cycle more.

Miliband says that the current climate catastrophe is a "war" that we must win.

He lost to David Cameron in the 2015 General Election and was famously, and ironically now, photographed eating a bacon sandwich.

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