Author Avatar

What will you be eating this World Meat Free Week?

Posted by Tom Micklewright - 9th June 2018

What’s for lunch this week?

It’s World Meat Free Week and organisations from across the world will be celebrating plant based meals and how they can help us reduce climate change.

Globally, livestock releases as much greenhouse gases as all cars, trucks, planes and ships put together. [1]

That means by eating more plant based meals, we can reduce the climate harming emissions from the livestock industry and contribute to the success of the Paris Climate Agreement.


What’s the plan?

Elvira Jimenez, the Meat & Dairy Consumption Project Lead from Greenpeace Spain, notes that “cities account for 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions and represent some of the biggest buyers of bulk quantities of food.” [2]

That’s why on World Meat Free Week, Greenpeace is calling on cities across the world to reduce global meat and dairy consumption.  We’ll empower and engage policy makers or public authorities to take steps towards changing their practices on the types of food they purchase.

Greenpeace aims to influence cities or public institutions to introduce two plant-based meals a week in public canteens by 2020.

From Liverpool to Los Angeles, some schools and universities are already leading the way by offering plant-based meals. Check out our online world map to see which institutions near you are changing whats on their plates to save the planet.

You can also add your city to the map or challenge your mayor to take action too!

Need a little meat-free inspiration?

We’ve put together a tonne of tasty plant-based recipes for you to try in our Greenpeace Cookbook.

Here at Greenpeace UK we’ll be celebrating World Meat Free Week by bringing in some of our favourite plant based recipes to share with colleagues, from a beetroot burger to a thai tofu stir fry.

There might even be some chocolate cake too!

Check back in a few days to see what we ate.

[1] IPCC 2014: Smith, P., et al. 2014. Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land-Use (AFOLU).

[2] UN HABITAT, 2011. Global Report on Human Settlements: Cities and Climate change.