London university ditches beef to help tackle climate change

In a move to tackle the global climate crisis, Goldsmiths University in London has banned beef products from all its food outlets.

All beef products have been removed from sale by the university. The move is part of a larger effort for Goldsmiths to become carbon neutral by 2025.

This decision has been celebrated by Goldsmiths Students’ Union with president Joe Leam saying that the university has a “huge carbon footprint”.

The college’s new Warden, Professor Frances Corner, said to the Ecologist that staff and students “care passionately about the future of our environment” and that “declaring a climate emergency cannot be empty words”.

In addition to the beef ban, Goldsmiths has also introduced 10p levy on single-use water bottles and plastic cups and are planning on installing more solar panels across the college’s New Cross campus.

Prof Corner said: “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.”

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