Actor Joaquin Phoenix made headlines this month for his Golden Globe Awards acceptance speech. Phoenix spoke to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association after accepting his award and shared comments on his activism. Phoenix is a vegan and animal rights activist.

Asked by a member of the press that was commenting on the vegan meal, “How was the food?” Phoenix replied, “this is the first time I have ever eaten the food at this ceremony. I thought it was excellent. I was so moved by the decision to make tonight plant-based, it was such an important step. The SAG Awards, the Creator’s Choice Awards, The Governor’s Ball and whatever else there is needs to do it too. It’s a very important statement.

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Animal agriculture is the third leading cause of climate change. It uses 70% of the water, it pollutes the most water. The statistics are staggering. I think were’ coming to a point now where the evidence is irrefutable and undeniable. I think it’s somewhat like when we realized how poisonous tobacco was. And second-hand smoking and they made it illegal to smoke in public places.”

See Joaquin’s full answer below:

Stella McCartney announced on Twitter that Joaquin was wearing a custom Stella McCartney tuxedo and would wear the same tux the entire awards season to reduce waste. Stella McCartney is known for her sustainable fashion and fur-free advocacy.

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