Pope Francis has been challenged to go vegan for Lent and if he does, $1 million will be donated to the charity of his choosing.
The human race has done, and continues to do, a lot of damage to the planet we all live on. However, the good news is that we have become self-aware of that fact and more and more of us are trying to do something to counteract that damage. Cutting down the use of plastic, finding alternatives to fossil fuels. Things that don't make much difference individually, but if we all pitch in then we might be able to save the planet.
One way in which many people don't realize they are doing significant damage is via the food that they eat. More people are turning to veganism as of late for other reasons than not wanting to hurt animals. CNN reports that livestock farming is responsible for 14.5% of all of the greenhouse gases we produce. Humankind needs someone significant and influential to lead the way, though.
That's why 12-year-old vegan and animal rights activist Genesis Butler has teamed up with Million Dollar Vegan to try and get the attention of Pope Francis. There are 1.2 billion Catholics in the world, so they don't come much more influential than the Pope. Butler has written an open letter to Pope Francis challenging him to take up veganism for Lent. If he accepts, the Blue Horizon International Foundation will donate $1 million to a charity of the Pope's choosing.
Religious figures aren't often associated with plights such as these, but Pope Francis has already broken the mold in that sense. The Pope is a proponent for the fight against climate change and global warming and has spoken out on the topic on numerous occasions. That's why young Butler believes he is the one who she and other vegans around the world can turn to when it comes to making veganism more widespread.
We should take this moment to point out that Genesis Butler is not your average 12-year-old. The pre-teen turned vegan at the age of six and has been a proponent of the lifestyle ever since. At the age of 10, she gave a TED Talk on how consuming animal products affects the environment. Now she is hoping that Pope Francis will give the lifestyle she has chosen a try, at least from March 6 until April 18.