Regretted by the thought of the origin of chicken nuggets, Genesis Butler chose to become a vegetarian at 3 years old and vegan at 6 years old. At age 10, she had become one of the youngest to give a TEDx lecture. She is now in the headlines for challenging Pope Francis to become a vegan for Lent in exchange for a $ 1 million donation to a charity.
Following? She set her sights on the White House.
Standing side by side (at least figuratively) with stars on the list like Woody Harrelson, Joaquin Phoenix and Paul McCartney, the 12-year-old athlete is part of the high-end vegetables. ask the pontiff to abandon products of animal origin for the Christian observance of Lent as part of the Million Dollar Vegan campaign.
In an open letter addressed to the head of the Catholic Church, Genesis explained that "the breeding and slaughter of animals cause a lot of suffering and also constitute a major cause of climate change, deforestation and loss of species ".
Genesis Butler challenges the pope to become vegan during Lent. provided
While most 12-year-olds have little knowledge of what the Pope or veganism is, and would not want to impose the demands of the head of the Vatican City State, this young girl to drive Amazing perfectly understands why he is the ideal target his message. And she does not hesitate to pontificate if it helps to achieve her goal, which, she says on her Twitter profile, is to "make the world become vegan!"
"I've been an activist since the age of 6 and I'm constantly looking for ways to reach more people and promote veganism around the world," she said. Newsweek. The fight for justice, it seems, runs in the blood of the 12-year-old grand-uncle who was US labor rights activist Cesar Chavez.
If the schoolgirl was able to persuade the pope and even influence a handful of her 1.2 billion followers to eat more plants, she could affect real-world changes. If all Americans have become vegans, according to a recent study published in the newspaper PNASno one would be hungry.
She has not yet heard from the pope or his team. But Genesis is always full of characteristic optimism. "I am confident that he will reach out and accept my invitation to try veganism for Lent. He is one of the most powerful leaders in the world and has the responsibility to do what is right, "she says.
Genesis Butler says that she removed the meat after learning the origin of the chicken nuggets. provided
Genesis herself is committed to vegetarianism, she explained, at the age of 3 years old. "I asked my mom where our chicken nuggets came from and she told me so. When I found out that we had to kill animals for them, I stopped eating meat, "she says in a neutral tone.
"A few years later, when my mother was breastfeeding my little sister, I asked her where my milk came from – and I discovered that it came from a cow. I did not want to drink milk of a different kind, so I became vegan at 6 years old. "
She pointed out that it was "easy" to become vegan: "There are so many options now, I can even eat vegan versions of chicken nuggets, my favorite.
And she has already achieved impressive success in persuading others to follow her example. Her line of attack was simple, she said, "I tell people about the role they can play in saving our planet; it's up to us to do something now. "
"I inspired my family to become vegan with a few of my friends," she says.
It seems that dealing with people seems to be more difficult than leaving meat and dairy products.
"My friends ask me questions and sometimes people blame me," she says. "But I know I'm doing the right thing, and that makes me confident. Plus, I can offer them some delicious vegan food. "
The 12-year-old has a lot to do if she plans to turn the world into a vegan. A recent Gallup poll found that despite the efforts of activists like Genesis and lifestyles driven by aspirations celebrities like Beyoncé and Jay-Z, and Serena Williams, only about 3% of the population is vegan, compared to 2% in 2012, and 5% is vegetarian, according to the report. Gallup poll.
But she does not let herself be discouraged. When asked to convey her message to those who want to become vegans but can not fight their meat and dairy cravings, she simply states, "When you consume products of animal origin, you contribute to the suffering of animals and the problems related to animal agriculture. and climate change. "
"It helps the planet, it saves animals, it can help fight hunger in the world," she added.
So, what future for this 12 year old man with impressive driving? Pennsylvania Avenue, of course. "I want to be president when I grow up," she says. "And in the meantime, I want to continue my activism and inspire as much change as possible."