2019 was a landmark year with nearly 70% of councils nationwide declaring a climate emergency. Many have committed to reach net zero emissions years’ ahead of the government’s target of 2050. To reach these targets, they’ll need to do everything in their power to speed up to shift to zero carbon world. We’ve seen lots of great plans to invest in energy and greener homes, reducing local traffic and planting lots of trees. However, many councils are failing to address one of the highest emitters of greenhouse gases within their plans: the consumption of animal products.
IMPACT OF ANIMAL PRODUCTS.
It’s well known that animal agriculture has a huge impact on the climate, many studies estimating it accounts for between 14.5-18% of all global emissions, according to the UN. On top of that, it’s also responsible for around 90% of deforestation in the Amazon. Population growth and better living standards across the world means meat and dairy consumption is only also set to rise. The climate crisis cannot be solved without drastic action to reduce the consumption of the foods at the heart of the problem.
HOW WE CAN HELP YOUR COUNCIL.
That’s where we come in. We’re a group of volunteers, within our local communities, working with councillors to commit to more plant-based meals. We’re working with councillors to act now and make tangible steps to meet climate targets to avoid the worst impacts of the climate and ecological crisis. We want to ensure the schools get served healthy and affordable plant-based meals two days a week.
We will be assisting councils to make the transition to plant-based food procurement by supporting them in various ways: menu consultations, retraining of chefs and caterers, PR support, impact assessment and more. Please get in touch to find out more.
Research on school meals show that a plant-based school meal has 75% lower greenhouse gas emissions AND 75% lower water consumption. That means councils could lower their food procurement by 75% with some simple changes. That’s a huge win in reaching their sustainability goals and achieving net zero carbon emissions. We hope that, by planting the seeds of change in our local communities, we can encourage a meaningful difference for the future of the UK, our people and the planet.