Green Party leader Caroline Lucas is urging the parliamentary catering authorities to support Paul McCartney’s Meat Free Monday campaign across all catering outlets in Parliament.
In a letter, Lucas said: “Farming and slaughtering animals is now recognised as a significant contributor to today’s greatest environmental problems.”
Ignoring latest admissions from the UN that its emissions figures were inaccurate, Lucas said: “According to the United Nations, animal farming is responsible for 18% of global greenhouse gas emissions, more than the entire transport sector combined.”
She went on to claim that the move would also mean an improvement in diet: “As well as saving carbon, reducing the amount of meat in our diets will also help improve health. Parliament could send a powerful message and set a great example by designating one day a week as Meat-Free, and we very much hope that you will be supportive of this initiative.”
The letter was co-signed by Lib Dem MP John Leech.
A Green Party spokesperson added: “The central message of the campaign is that one meat-free day a week can make a difference. This is not about expecting everyone to become vegetarian or to restrict people’s choices, but to spread awareness of the impacts that people’s individual and collective choices can make.
“Meat Free Monday is an inventive and useful idea.”
The Green Party said it would like to see the UK move towards “a situation in which people who choose to eat meat will opt for quality over quantity. A smaller amount of better-quality meat, produced in a sustainable way from animals that are well looked-after, would make for a tastier and healthier diet, better animal welfare and a significant contribution to tackling climate change”.