Ben HaywardAugust 11th
2019

As part of an effort to reduce its environmental impact and fight global warming, Goldsmiths, University of London has decided to ban the sale of burgers.

The university has taken the decision to remove all beef products from sale across its campus as well as charging a 10p levy on both bottled water and single-use plastic cups.

Research suggests the production of beef is particularly damaging to the environment as cows produce more methane, require more land and consume more feed and water per kilo of food produced than other livestock.

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On top of the ‘burger ban’, there are plans afoot to install more solar panels across its New Cross campus, in south-east London, switch to a 100% clean energy supplier as soon as possible, to increase spending on its allotment and to identify other areas where planting could help to absorb carbon dioxide. reports the BBC.

With the new schemes in place, Goldsmiths is hoping to become carbon neutral by 2025, and will also try to increase the number of students studying climate change, in the hope that increased research will increase the pace and production of newer, more efficient methods of battling the climate crisis. 

The college's new head, Prof Frances Corner, said: "The growing global call for organisations to take seriously their responsibilities for halting climate change is impossible to ignore.

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"Though I have only just arrived at Goldsmiths, it is immediately obvious that our staff and students care passionately about the future of our environment and that they are determined to help deliver the step change we need to cut our carbon footprint drastically and as quickly as possible.

"Declaring a climate emergency cannot be empty words. I truly believe we face a defining moment in global history and Goldsmiths now stands shoulder to shoulder with other organisations willing to call the alarm and take urgent action to cut carbon use."

Goldsmiths Students' Union president Joe Leam said: "Our house is on fire, I believe Frances Corner and the university management are realising this and making these changes to put their part of the house fire out.

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"The SU will be a part of this process every step of the way to make sure this stays true, seeking to speed the process up wherever possible, and will keep the college community updated throughout."

Rosie Rogers, of Greenpeace UK, said: "It's encouraging to see an institution like Goldsmiths not simply declaring a climate emergency but acting on it.

"From energy use, to food sales and plastic pollution - all universities and organisations with campus sites can make changes across their facilities that are better for our planet.

"We call on others to urgently follow suit and to include cutting all ties from fossil fuel funding in their climate-emergency response."

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