Saturday, 3 July 2010
Meat-free Mondays are a great way to cut carbon emissions, reduce fuel and water use, and have a positive impact on climate change. Several European cities have already done this e.g. Ghent, Hasselt and Mechlelen in Belgium, Washington DC, San Francisco, Bremen, Sao Paulo, Cape Town and several universities e.g. Oxford and Harvard and Helsinki educational institutions (see here for a longer list).
Obviously institutions can do this too if they want to help the environment, provide a healthy diet for staff, and save money too in the catering department since vegetarian sources of protein such as grains, tofu, nuts etc are cheaper than meat and fish.
The negative environmental impact of livestock farming is internationally recognised e.g. the UN's recent report found that agriculture, especially meat and dairy production, accounts for 70% of global freshwater consumption, 38% of the total land use and 19% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. This is in addition to the UN's Livestock's Long Shadow report which also found that livestock agriculture contributed more to greenhouse gases than all the world's transport emissions put together.
For newspaper coverage of the Meat Free Monday campaign see The Telegraph and Times.
See the Meat-free Monday website for more information.