Awesome 12-Year-Old Activist Challenges Pope Francis To Eat For The Planet For Lent
By News Desk| Updated: February 09, 2019
The Pope is one of the most influential persons on the planet. In the past, Pope Francis has spoken out against important issues and in defense of animals. In his 2015 encyclical, “Laudato Si” he expressed concern for our oceans due to climate change, and spoke against animal testing and the mistreatment of animals in general. He’s also known to be the first Pope to say that dogs go to heaven. Given his past remarks proving he feels compassion for animals and the name he took of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, it’s no surprise that people believe he might be willing to go vegan!
The Million Dollar Campaign, launched by Veganuary founders Matthew Glover and Jane Land and led by 12-year-old activist Genesis Butler, asks Pope Francis to go vegan for Lent. If he agrees, “the Blue Horizon International Foundation will donate $1 million to a charity or charities of his choice.” The campaign has support from famous celebrities: Joaquin Phoenix, Mena Suvari, Woody Harrelson and Evanna Lynch, musician Moby, environmentalist Chris Packham, poet Benjamin Zephaniah, and Paul McCartney.
Butler wrote a letter to the Pope that is being published in national newspapers in 15 countries today, January 7th! The letter is also signed by Sid Lerner, founder of Meatless Mondays.