The Students’ Union at UWE
“The world in becoming increasingly aware of the ongoing climate crisis. Changing to a plant-based diet is the single biggest consumer action you can make to reduce your carbon footprint. Aside from this fact, it has been proved that those who follow a plant-based diet live healthier, richer lives – whilst reducing the suffering of animals. Given these facts, Meat Free Monday is a no-brainer.” – Ciaran Gutteridge
Ciaran Gutteridge is Sustainability Officer 2018-2019 at The Students’ Union at UWE, a 30,000 strong organisation which supports students across all campuses, courses and backgrounds at the University of the West of England (UWE). The Union’s Student Sustainability Committee launched a #PlantBasedPlanet campaign following market research showing a high demand for more vegetarian and vegan options. The campaign includes working with the Students’ Union Bar to promote Meat Free Monday and offer discounted plant-based dishes.
“Meat Free Monday will encourage students to ditch meat. I know that students who participate will see great advantages – it’s better for your health, it’s better for the planet and it’s easier than ever before to be vegan.” – Andrew McAnallen
Andrew McAnallen is vice-president for Academic and Student Affairs at Ulster University Students’ Union (UUSU), Coleraine. Established in 1984, UUSU is a membership-led organisation which represents over 26,000 full and part -time Ulster students across four campuses – Belfast, Jordanstown, Coleraine and Magee.
University of East Anglia
“This motion was passed with the intention of having a positive impact by cutting down on the amount of meat consumed by students on campus. Through having delicious meat free alternatives for one day UEA students can still get all the protein and vitamins they need whilst taking themselves out of environmentally and ethically degrading system of animal husbandry and fishing which kills 20,000 land animals and 40,000 sea-dwellers every second.” – Rob Klim
Rob Klim is the Ethical Issues Officer at the UEA Students’ Union, which leads campaigns to create positive change and allows students to shape their educational experience.
Bath Spa University
“At Bath Spa we are proud to be supporting Meat Free Monday as a way of reducing our carbon footprint and reducing our killing of animals, whilst helping people to eat healthier at the same time. It’s imperative, at the current time of ecological crisis, that we reduce our consumption of carbon intensive meat and dairy, and we’re happy to support a global movement that’s addressing this necessary action.” – Cody Moir
Cody Moir is the 2016-2017 Environment and Ethics Officer at Bath Spa University’s Student’s Union. The University considers environmental sustainability in all its activities and uses the Ecocampus scheme to manage impacts. It was ranked 1st out of 46 universities participating in the Student Barometer (a survey conducted around the world) in the Autumn Wave 2016 for “Eco-friendly attitude”.
University College London Union
“The Meat Free Mondays campaign has been received well by our customers and students here at UCLU. The support that we have seen from the volunteers has been great and the campaign impact would not have been as good if it was not for all their efforts.” – Martin McCollam
Martin McCollam is the Food and Beverage Manager of University College London Union, which has four cafés based around the Bloomsbury campus all currently promoting MFM and offering a 15% discount on veggie food on Mondays.
City University London Students’ Union
“The environmental impact of going meat free is more significant than you’d think, even for just one day a week. There are some amazing vegetarian options available at City University London’s EatCity food outlets, and it’s great to give our members new choices to expand the range of foods – especially healthier and more ethical foods – that they can enjoy.”
Issy Cooke is the President of City University London Students’ Union for 2015-16. City University London Students’ Union supports Meat Free Monday as one of its ongoing environmental ‘Green Dragons’ projects, and runs stalls, activities, and social media campaigns highlighting the environmental impact of the meat industry and showing how individuals can make a difference. The Union works closely with Sodexo and with the University’s Sustainability team on the campaign.
The International Semiotics Institute
“Eating is a primary need, and therefore a primary form of active citizenship: choosing what to eat or not to eat is a simple yet effective way to change a society. What we also like about MFM is the idea of picking one specific day of the week: it increases the awareness of the decision, and therefore its freedom value. The deeper the awareness, the greater the freedom.” – Dario Martinelli
Dario Martinelli is the Director of The International Semiotics Institute, based in Kaunas University of Technology (Lithuania), which is devoted to the study of the current problems and opportunities of the humanities, and their position within society. Activities include research, publications, events, teaching, consultations, and projects focused on social progress and sustainability.
Foundation for International Education (FIE)
“We’ve created MFM magnets as a reminder for staff and students when opening the fridge, hosted staff meat free ‘pot luck’ lunches, created meat free recipe cards for the residence halls and even engaged students in meat free cooking sessions. Among our core values are sustainability and social justice, and getting on board with MFM is an excellent way to demonstrate our commitment to these values.” – Julie Andreshak-Behrman, Chief Academic Officer
The Foundation for International Education (FIE) is a not-for-profit organisation committed to the development of creative learning environments wherein an understanding of, and appreciation for, the privileges and responsibilities of international citizenship is fostered. FIE provides immersive study abroad programs in London, Dublin, and Amman for undergraduate students.
Wadham College Student Union
“I am very excited that the Student Union has made this important step towards moderating our environmental impact. The wide variety of vegetarian food will hopefully mean that much good is achieved with no sacrifice at all!” – Anya Metzer
Anya Metzer is the President of Wadham College Student Union, Oxford University. A combined representative body of undergraduate, postgraduate and visiting students, Wadham College Student Union prides itself on being a progressive and engaged political group whose work includes student support, welfare, entertainment and campaigning. Students voted in favour of Meat Free Monday in a referendum (March, 2014).
The University of Manchester’s Sustainable Consumption Institute
“The Sustainable Consumption Institute encourages staff and students to think about the sustainability of the food they eat, and to play their part in reducing carbon emission associated with meat production.” – Lynda McIntosh
Lynda McIntosh is the Communications and Marketing Manager of the Sustainable Consumption Institute, an interdisciplinary research organisation established by The University of Manchester to undertake a programme of research in environmental sustainability and consumption issues.