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42% of US campus menus to move towards plant-based

“Any sustainability plan that’s meant to create real change—and not just be greenwashing jargon—will center on shifting from a meat-heavy menu to one that’s focused on plant-based entrées.” Hundreds of universities across the US are set to have more plant-based menu options on their menus in the coming years. The move has been initiated by …

UK to launch ‘climate change GCSE’ to teach students how to conserve the planet

The GCSE course aims to empower young people to take action on the environment and put “climate change at the heart of education”. The Department for Education (DfE) has decided to launch a new course on Natural History to teach children about climate change and conserving our natural inheritance. The first ever General Certificate of …

Goalkeeper Ben Foster leads ‘not in our nets’ campaign for whales and dolphins dying in UK waters

The campaign is designed to highlight the issue of thousands of marine mammals dying as bycatch in fishing nets each year. Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster has thrown his weight behind a campaign calling to prevent the needless deaths of whales dying in fishing nets each year. The ‘Not in our nets’ campaign is part of …

Greta Thunberg to publish a ‘go-to source’ climate book telling ‘the unvarnished truth’

“My hope is that this book might be some kind of go-to source for understanding these different, closely interconnected crises.” Teen activist Greta Thunberg has compiled a climate book, which features 100 leading experts and activists offering a “global overview of how the planet’s many crises connect”. Renowned scientists contributing to the book include Johan …

Post-Brexit Australia trade deal means UK farmers must compete with ‘cruel and unsustainable’ farming practices

“Allowing our trade deal with Australia, a laggard on climate and nature, to be a blueprint for future trade deals would be a backward step for the environment.” The newly signed UK-Australia trade deal is going to have huge implications on the environment, undermine work done by UK farmers, and lower animal welfare standards, conservation …

These UK supermarkets are ‘bombarding’ shoppers with cheap meat despite climate pledges

“Supermarkets are making it even harder for us to eat less meat by encouraging us to buy more meat than we would have, if it hadn’t been on promotion.” Britain’s biggest supermarkets are heavily promoting cheap meat, despite pledging to lead the way towards a more sustainable food system for health and climate change reasons, …

Ellie Goulding named WWF ambassador: ‘I want to speak up for our extraordinary planet’

“One thing we know is that every second counts and every second we need to agitate for change. I want to be part of that.” Ellie Goulding has been appointed a WWF ambassador in a bid to ‘speak up for our extraordinary planet’. She joins the wildlife charity as it marks its 15th annual Earth …

Teens say climate change is ‘fake news’ and ‘we don’t care’ in new campaign

The new tongue-in-cheek campaign by Greta Thunberg led Fridays For Future movement highlights Gen Z’s sentiments towards the climate crisis. A group of teenagers are questioning the legitimacy and purpose of climate change concerns since no one seems to be worried about the future of our planet. It is part of a campaign, “We Don’t …

Council dismisses Jeremy Clarkson opposition against vegan menus

“All we are doing with our local policy is highlighting the benefits of including more plant-based food in our diet – both to ourselves and our children, our agriculture and our planet.” TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson’s protest against a vegan-only food policy has fallen on deaf ears. The Oxfordshire council has decided to go ahead …

Oxford University took at least £1.6m from oil, gas and petrochemical giants in 2021

The university accepted donations from four fossil fuel firms despite 2035 net zero pledges. The University of Oxford received at least £1.6 million in donations from oil and gas giants in 2020-21 despite its 2035 net zero commitment, reports the Guardian. The funding was in addition to the more than £11m Oxford accepted from fossil …

Parents outraged after headteacher takes meat off menu: “What right you have to indoctrinate & impose your views on pupils & parents?”

The school has even encouraged parents to pack meat-free lunches. Parents have slammed Barrowford School in Lancashire for removing meat from school lunches. The 355-pupil primary school near Nelson has been offering only vegetarian dinners in the past year. It started after headteacher Rachel Tomlinson introduced the new rule in a bid to educate children …

Elon Musk’s firm admits to killing monkeys in ‘brain chip’ trials amid animal abuse claims

Neuralink has admitted to euthanizing eight monkeys following reports of recklessly torturing, maiming and killing animals by subjecting them to  “invasive and deadly brain experiments”. Elon Musk’s brain chip company Neuralink has admitted to killing eight monkeys amidst an ongoing controversy of subjecting animals to ‘extreme suffering’. It comes after the non-profit Physicians Committee for …