Parliament to go Meat-Free Monday

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MP for Withington, John Leech, has tabled Early Day Motion (EDM) 669 calling for Parliament to go Meat-Free Monday.

http://edmi.parliament.uk/EDMi/EDMDetails.aspx?EDMID=41628&SESSION=905

There is also a Facebook page – please become fans.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Meat-Free-Mondays-In-Parliament-EDM-669/139780782732345

Ask Parliament to go Meat Free on Monday. It would be great if you could ask your MP to support the EDM. To find your MP visit http://www.writetothem.com/ (a sample template is pasted in below).

Sample Letter:

Dear MP,

I am writing to ask for your support to help improve the nation’s health and tackle environmental problems at the same time. Over 18% of all carbon emissions are due to the livestock industry. This is having a detrimental impact on our planet – on the climate as well as on biodiversity.

This also means that one significant way to reduce our impact on the environment is to reconsider the amount of meat and dairy produce in our diets and a simple way to do this is to support a Meat Free Monday (that’s mammal, fish & poultry free). I am therefore asking you to sign Early Day Motion 669, which asks for Parliament to do just this and commit to vegetarian catering on Mondays at its food outlets.

The full text of the EDM is:
“That this House acknowledges UN figures which suggest that meat production is responsible for approximately 18 percent of global carbon emissions; further acknowledges that methane, emitted by cows and pigs, is 23 times more powerful than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas; recognises that across the UK 1mn tonnes of beef, 1.3mn tonnes of pork and 1.8mn tonnes of poultry are consumed every year; recognises that this level of meat consumption is detrimental to the health of the nation and increasingly to the public purse; further recognises that global meat production is forecast to almost double to 456mn tonnes in 2050
compared to 2001 levels; believes that current meat consumption levels are unsustainable if the Climate Change Act 2008 is to be successfully implemented and help the UK fight against climate change; calls for a shift towards less meat-oriented diets nationally; recognises that Meat-Free Mondays would help to
promote this; and believes that Parliament should set an example by supporting Meat-Free Mondays in all cafeterias in The Houses of Parliament.”

I hope that you will sign it and send a powerful signal that MPs are taking a lead on climate change as well as showing the way to tackling Britain’s obesity epidemic.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. I look forward to hearing your response about this shortly. I am writing to ask for your support to help improve the nation’s health and tackle environmental problems at the same time. Over 18% of all carbon emissions are due to the livestock industry. This is having a detrimental impact on our planet – on the climate as well as on biodiversity.

Yours sincerely,

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