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Paul McCartney slams President Trump for climate change 'madness'

FILE - Paul McCartney. (Fiona/Wikipedia/CC BY-SA 2.0 via MGN)

Paul McCartney has criticized President Donald Trump's skeptical attitude toward climate change science as "madness."

The Beatles star has long been a committed vegetarian and is campaigning for people to give up meat on one day a week to help the environment.

And he says the American leader's reluctance to believe in global warming means it's more important than ever for individuals to take personal responsibility for taking care of the environment.

"(Giving up meat) It's not the total solution, but it's part of the solution. A lot of people have been saying this for a long time but there's resistance," he told BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat. "Particularly when you've got someone like Trump who says that it (climate change) is just a hoax.

"A lot of people like myself think that's just madness so it's maybe a good time now to try and focus people's attention and say, 'Look, forget about him, we can do something.'"

Last year, a study published in the scientific journal Global Change Biology stated that emissions from agriculture like cattle farming must be slashed to prevent catastrophic global warming taking place over the next century.

However, Trump has pulled the U.S. out of the 2015 Paris climate accord, a pact signed by more than 190 countries, and in 2012 tweeted, "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive."

Although McCartney initially gave up meat as a "compassionate thing for animals," he now believes eating less meat can help save the planet.

To promote the cause he has released a short documentary film, "One Day a Week," which features appearances from actors Emma Stone and Woody Harrelson, as well as daughters Mary and Stella.


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