Pope could get $1 million for charity if he goes vegan for lent

An environmental group has offered the Pope $1 million for his chosen charity, on the condition he goes vegan for lent.

Pope Francis was issued the challenge by the Million Dollar Vegan campaign.

The campaign is led by 12-year-old Genesis Butler, who is encouraging people to eat less meat and dairy in order to tackle climate change.

In a letter Genesis wrote:

"Farming and slaughtering animals causes a lot of suffering and is also a leading cause of climate change, deforestation, and species loss.
"When we feed animals crops that humans can eat, it is wasteful. And with a growing world population, we cannot afford to be wasteful."

The campaign has already led her to meet well-known vegans including Evanna Lynch and poet and writer Benjamin Zephaniah. 

She has also met with musical Moby, actress Mena Suvari, and Joseph Poore of Oxford University, and has the backing of environmentalists George Monbiot and Chris Packham. Paul McCartney.

Million Dollar Vegan is a nonprofit campaign, launched by Veganuary founders Matthew Glover and Jane Land.

Genesis Butler is leading the campaign. credit: Million Dollar Vegan

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