Meat Free Monday
A growing number of people are waking up to the impact of meat and dairy production.
For a start it is responsible for 18% of global greenhouse gas emissions. The meat supply chain causes problems, both to produce the feed for animals – which is a driver for deforestation in The Amazon – and at intensive farms that create a lot of pollution.
The need for change couldn’t be clearer. If everyone in the UK went meat free on Monday we would save the equivalent in carbon emissions of taking 5 million cars off the road (FAO, 2008). Researchers at the National Institute of Livestock and Grassland Science in Japan found that 1kg of beef results in greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to the amount of CO2 emitted by the average car over a distance of 250 kilometres. If we are to reduce the impacts of climate change we need to tackle one of the biggest causes of increasing greenhouse gases.
Inspired by the McCartney family’s Meat Free Monday campaign and starting in Manchester, Friends of the Earth local group campaigners are calling on Parliament to set the UK an example by supporting meat free Mondays in all cafeterias in the Houses of Parliament.
Local MP for Manchester Withington, John Leech, has tabled a parliamentary petition (Early Day Motion 669, a precursor to further government action) calling on Parliament to go meat free on Mondays (www.facebook.com/mfmInParliament).
Please write to your MP today and ask them to join him and sign the Early Day Motion by clicking on the Take Action button below. Please let Manchester Friends of the Earth know about any correspondence you receive to help build the campaign – email@example.com.Meat Free Monday