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London’s Goldsmiths University has banned beef to help fight climate change

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Beef
burgers, burritos and other enduring student dishes are off the menu at a
London university — in order to help the fight against the climate crisis.

Goldsmiths
University in London will be scrapping all beef products from its campus, the
institution’s new chief has announced, as it seeks to become carbon neutral by
2025.

The move
takes effect from September, when the new academic year begins, and will affect
all canteens, cafes and food outlets on the university’s grounds.

Students
will also be handed a 10p (12 cents) levy on bottled water and single use
plastic cups in an attempt to discourage their use, with the money raised going
towards a “green student initiative fund.”

“Declaring
a climate emergency cannot be empty words,” the university’s warden
Frances Corner said in a statement.

“I
truly believe we face a defining moment in global history and Goldsmiths now
stands shoulder to shoulder with other organizations willing to call the alarm
and take urgent action to cut carbon use.”

Lamb, beef
and dairy production accounts for the majority of greenhouse gases emitted by
farms in Britain, with sheep and cattle directly responsible for around 58% of
agricultural emissions in the UK in 2016, according to a report by the government’s Committee on Climate
Change (CCC).

Globally,
beef is responsible for 41% of livestock greenhouse gas emissions,
and livestock accounts for 14.5% of total global emissions

“The
growing global call for organisations to take seriously their responsibilities
for halting climate change is impossible to ignore,” she added.

“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.”

The
university, based at a campus in New Cross, south-east London, has a student
population of around 10,000.

Source: cnn.com

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