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Goldsmiths, University of London, has removed beef from its cafes to tackle the current climate emergency

The institution will also introduce an additional 10p levy to the sale of single-use plastic cups and bottled water to try and curb their use, and install more solar panels around campus to meet its aim of becoming carbon neutral by 2050. 

‘Empty words’

According to the Guardian, the new Warden of Goldsmiths, Professor Frances Corner, announced the changes stating that declaring a climate emergency ‘can not be empty words’. 

“The growing global call for organizations 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.”

Climate crisis 

Earlier this month, a UN report warned that the high consumption of meat and dairy products in the West is fueling global warming – stating switching to a plant-based diet can help fight climate.

Charity Viva! described the report as an ‘incredibly important milestone for the vegan movement’. 

“This is the most thorough report on the impact of animal agriculture on the climate crisis to date and its conclusion is clear,” Lex Rigby, Viva! Campaigns Manager, told Plant Based News.

“The most effective difference we can make on both an individual and governmental level is to go vegan. We urgently need a global switch to plant-based diets if we are to avert catastrophic environmental disaster.”

Liam Giliver

Liam is the former Deputy Editor of Plant Based News. He has written for The Independent, Huffington Post, Attitude Magazine, and more. He is also the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.