Students at top university LSE vote to ban BEEF from its campus in bid to tackle climate change 

Students at the London School of Economics have voted to ban all beef products from the Holborn campus. 

The vote was proposed by LSE’s Peta representative Phoebe Woodruff, who now wants all meat banned from the university.  

The college, which is the fourth-ranked university in Britain, has almost 12,000 students, however, the proposal to ban meat was supported by 243 people. Some 170 voted against the proposal while 47 abstained – providing a 52.8 per cent majority for the ban. 

Students at the London School of Economics have voted in favour of banning beef from the campus following a meeting. Some 243 members of the 12,000 student population of the college supported the proposal made by a member of Peta

The college insists that the vote is not binding.  

LSE is the latest campus to see a vote on banning beef, following successful campaigns at Goldsmiths – part of the University of London –  and Cambridge. 

A small number of students at the University of East Anglia also voted in favour of a beef ban but this was subsequently overturned when the main student body became aware of the proposal. 

Students in Edinburgh have also voted against a proposed beef ban. 

Ms Woodruff, who proposed the motion at LSE said: ‘Since beef is only the leading contributor to climate change and environmental degradation of all animal products rather than the sole culprit, the LSESU should also set an aim to phase out all animal products from its cafes, dining halls, and catering orders while increasing more environmentally friendly, plant-based options.

‘The exact time frame of this reduction is at the discretion of student leaders, but the undeniable and looming threat of climate change should motivate more expedited action.’ 

Many UK universities are trying to reduce their carbon footprints, by reducing beef consumption and banning single use plastics. 

Scores of institutions have committed to tackling their carbon footprint by reducing meat consumption, switching to reusable straws, crockery and cutlery, and turning lights and screens off.

Peta activist Phoebe Woodruff, who was behind the beef motion now wants all meat banned from the university

Peta activist Phoebe Woodruff, who was behind the beef motion now wants all meat banned from the university

Other schemes included recycling used coffee grounds into sustainable biofuels, removing products containing palm oil, and planting native bulbs to attract birds and insects to university grounds.

Universities have pledged to go carbon neutral in a handful of cases, with details obtained under freedom of information laws showing the array of schemes being established at campuses across the country.

University leaders said the higher education sector ‘recognises the importance’ of these issues to staff and students and is committed to making progress, while student groups praised universities for taking action – partly due to pressure from undergraduates.

Environmental issues have been under greater spotlight among younger people following the protest actions of Swedish student Greta Thunberg, who has joined the likes of naturalist Sir David Attenborough, former US president Barack Obama and UK pop band The 1975 in calls for action.

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