Greenpeace has launched a global ‘less meat more veggies campaign’, supported by its offices in France, China, America and Germany among 11 others.
Its released a indepth review of industrialised meat production, identifying how “Intensive meat production is tearing down our forests, polluting our water, warming the planet and harming our health.”
They have one ambitious goal: the reduction of meat and dairy production and consumption by at least 50% by 2050.
“demand governments to support small-scale ecological farmers instead of subsidising industrial meat companies. We can ask for more plant-based food and less meat in our schools, universities and public canteens.”
This month saw 4 churches come on board, some enquiries by Schools, coverage in the magazine Jellied Eel and also our volunteer team is building – we have volunteers in Politics, Faith, Health and Media – and also flyering!
Help us make our vision a reality – volunteer today and help with make Southwark greener and healthier!
You! – read the reasons below then encourage your friends, family and colleagues give it a go!
4 Green groups – Southwark Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, Green Party, Peckham Transition Town, Dulwich Going Greener., Free School Meals For All.
3 MPs and 60 Councillors – are currently reviewing how to implement it in schools and council buildings, our Motion was “For Southwark Council to officially support #Southwark #MeatFreeMondays and to implement meat free meals on Mondays in all the council buildings and the promotion of the meat-free option over the meat option in council run schools (meat will still be made available on request).”
Schools – encourage your school to take part. It’s a great way to reduce child-obesity and teach healthy eating.
25 Restaurants and cafes – ask your local eatery if they could do a meat free option.
4 Churches and faith groups – get your congregation involved, St Stephen’s Dulwich did!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to help deliver this flyer!
Why should everyone in Southwark try a meat free day?
Better for the Environment: Meat is a high-energy product using large amounts of oil, land, fresh water and 90% of the crops grown to create meat are wasted in the process. The livestock sector is currently “one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global” Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
Better for your Health: Many of the world’s leading health organisations now encourage a reduction in the amount of meat people consume. Oxford University’s department of public health found that eating meat no more than three times a week could prevent 31,000 deaths from heart disease, 9,000 deaths from cancer and 5,000 deaths from stroke, as well as save the NHS £1.2 billion in costs each year.