A London university has taken drastic action in an attempt at tackling climate change, banning the sale of all beef in all campus food outlets.
Adhering to a vegan diet reduces greenhouse gases, land use, water use, as well as reducing global acidification. The change would make more of a difference to the environment than using an electric car.
This means no beef-based products at all. No quick burger for lunch, no tacos and even the trusty slice of lasagne has been removed from the list. All meat-based meals will no longer be available in the cafes at Goldsmiths University when the new academic year commences in September.
Adding to insult, the university is also planning to phase out single-use plastics by adding a 10p levy to the sale of bottled water.
It’s all in the quest to become carbon neutral by 2025, despite currently emitting around 3.7 million kg of carbon each year. But should the University students be unable to consume meat for a worldwide issue?
The college’s new head, Professor Frances Corner, told the BBC: “The growing global call for organisations to take seriously their responsibilities for halting climate change is impossible to ignore.
“Though I have only just arrived at Goldsmiths, it is immediately obvious that our staff and students care passionately about the future of our environment and that they are determined to help deliver the step change we need to cut our carbon footprint drastically and as quickly as possible.”
Greenpeace UK spokesperson Rosie Rogers said it’s encouraging to see the university not only declare a climate emergency, but act on it.
“From energy use to food sales and plastic pollution – all universities and organisations with campus sites can make changes across their facilities that are better for our planet,” she said.
“We call on others to urgently follow suit and to include cutting all ties from fossil fuel funding in their climate-emergency response.”
The college’s new warden, Professor Frances Corner, said that Goldsmiths has plans to become totally carbon neutral by 2025.