Oxford University Students Vote In Favor Of Banning Red Meat To Fight Climate Crisis
The motion is part of the University's sustainability drive to slash its carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2030
by Liam Gilliver, Plant Based News
Nov 17, 2020
Oxford University’s student union has voted in favor of banning beef and lamb to fight climate change.
The motion, written by Vihan Jain, Daniel Grimmer, and Agatha Edevane, passed with 31 votes for and nine against. 13 abstained from voting.
It does not affect college butteries, who reportedly have their own food policies. But it does include university-catered events and outlets.
The motion is part of the University’s sustainability drive to slash its carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2030.
‘A lack of leadership’
“As the U.K’s premier university, the nation looks to Oxford for leadership. But Oxford has shown a lack of leadership in addressing climate change,” the motion states.
“The banning of beef and lamb at university-catered events and outlets is a feasible and effective strategy to help the university meet its revised 2030 goal.
“A change at the university level will open the gates for similar change at the college level.”
Speaking to Cherwell, Oxford SU Vice President of Charities and Communities Ben Farmer said: “I welcome the mandate to engage the University on this important issue.
“However, it is important to recognize that food-based changes may not be possible for every student or staff member at the University.
“Food-based changes are just one part of changes we’d like to see the University make to tackle the Climate Crisis.”
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