One day the British government will advocate healthy eating by reduction of animal products. To achieve this, we have started meat free mondays in Southwark, London. In 2015 we will be start them in Lambeth and Hackney. Want to help?
On 7th October 2014 Thomas & Hema will be meeting Cllr Barrie Hargrove to discuss how Southwark council can implement the agreed motion below. Lets hope Barrie gives us a big thumbs up!
- Council assembly notes the benefits to personal health and the environment of lowering the consumption of meat.
- Council assembly therefore calls on cabinet to promote meat free options in schools and council buildings every Monday, and also promote the benefits of reducing meat consumption to council staff. ((The motion was forwarded in July 2014 by COUNCILLOR GRAHAM NEALE (Seconded by Councillor James Barber))
A special thank you to Southwark councillors Anood Al-Sameria (Leader of Lib Dems), Graham Neale (a vegan and former Chair of The Vegan Society), James Barber and Stephen Govier who made the motion possible. Also three Members of Parliament: Simon Hughes MP, Tessa Jowell MP, Harriet Harman MP, London Assembly Member (Southwark/ Lambeth): Valerie Shawcross for supporting.
Can you help us start meat free mondays in Lambeth? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Benefits of Meat Free Mondays
- Better for residents health – reduce illness and obesity. Oxford University’s department of public health found eating meat no more than three times a week could save the NHS £1.2 billion in costs and prevent 31,000 deaths from heart disease, 9,000 deaths from cancer and 5,000 deaths from stroke every year.
- Better for the environment – reduce Southwark’s carbon foot print – meat production uses more water, energy, land and creates more CO2 and methane than a plant based diet. United Nation Food and Agriculture Organization estimates livestock production is “one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global”.
- Better for the animals – Billions of animals are farmed and killed for meat each year, most in intensive factory farms, ending their lives with a brutal death. Eating less meat is a compassionate step that helps prevent animal cruelty and suffering.