University of Stirling Students Union to go 100% plant-based by 2025 in a bid to tackle the climate crisis in UK first

Author: Maria Chiorando

Read Time:   |  15th November 2022

Union members at the University of Stirling voted in support of the motion to ditch animal products, following German universities which have made similar commitments.

The University Of Stirling Students Union has confirmed it will go 100 per cent plant-based in a bid to tackle climate change and ecological emergencies.

Its decision is the first of its kind in the UK, following universities in Germany which have implemented similar measures.

Union members voted in support of the motion that will affect the three outlets operated by the union.

The union has pledged to be completely plant-based by 2025, with 50 per cent of the options being so by the 2023-24 academic year.

Support

The motion received support from both TV presenter Chris Packham and climate and animal justice writer George Monbiot.

It was put forward by advocates for the Plant-Based Universities campaign, a nationwide initiative of ‘students who are pushing for their universities and student unions to adopt 100 per cent plant-based catering’.

In a statement, Mr Monbiot said: “It’s fantastic to see the next generation taking control of their future and putting humans, nonhuman animals and the planet first.

“The Plant-Based Universities campaigners at The University Of Stirling are leading the way in tackling the climate crisis and creating a sustainable food system.”

‘Decisive action’

Imogen Robertson, 21, one of the campaigners at Stirling, added: “This vote is a clear sign that young people are willing to take decisive action on the climate and ecological emergencies.

“We will be working with catering staff to ensure this vote is implemented in a way that provides cheap, delicious, planet-saving options throughout our Students Union.

“We are delighted that our fellow students have decided to follow the scientific advice from world-leading academics and step into a brighter future.

“We hope this sparks a wave of bold action across UK universities to commit to just and sustainable plant-based catering.”

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Featured image credit: Animal Rebellion

Written by

Maria Chiorando

Maria is an editor and journalist. Her work has been published by the Huffington Post, the Guardian, TechnoBuffalo, Plant Based News, and Kent on Sunday among other national and regional titles.

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