University bans all beef from campus in fight against climate change

A London university has taken drastic action in an attempt at tackling climate change, banning the sale of all beef in all campus food outlets. 

That means beef-based burgers, lasagne, tacos and other staple university eats will no longer be available in the shops and cafes at Goldsmiths University when the academic year begins in September.

According to The Guardian, the university is also planning to phase out single use plastics by adding a 10p (NZ19c) levy to the sale of bottled water. 

It's all in the quest to become carbon neutral by 2025, despite currently emitting around 3.7 million kg of carbon each year. 

The college's new head, Professor Frances Corner, told the BBC: "The growing global call for organisations to take seriously their responsibilities for halting climate change is impossible to ignore.

"Though I have only just arrived at Goldsmiths, it is immediately obvious that our staff and students care passionately about the future of our environment and that they are determined to help deliver the step change we need to cut our carbon footprint drastically and as quickly as possible."

Greenpeace UK spokesperson Rosie Rogers said it's encouraging to see the university not only declare a climate emergency, but act on it. 

"From energy use, to food sales and plastic pollution - all universities and organisations with campus sites can make changes across their facilities that are better for our planet," she said.

"We call on others to urgently follow suit and to include cutting all ties from fossil fuel funding in their climate-emergency response."