Goldsmiths, University of London students will have to find beef in places other than their university canteen which will stop providing red meat products to combat global warming, AFP reported Tuesday August 13th.
"Declaring a climate emergency cannot be empty words," said Professor Frances Corner, Warden of Goldsmiths who is behind the decision.
"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," she added.
Goldsmith, which aims to be carbon neutral by 2025, is not the first university to take measures against global warming. Cambridge University stopped serving beef and lamb in 2016.
Climate campaigner Rosie Rogers says the decision is "encouraging". The Greenpeace UK activist said, "We call on others to urgently follow suit, and to include cutting all ties from fossil fuel funding in their climate emergency response."
However, Stuart Roberts, Vice President of the National Farmers' Union, reacted differently accusing the university of a "lack of understanding or recognition between British beef and beef produced elsewhere."
"Tackling climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time but singling out one food product is clearly an overly simplistic approach," he said.
The artist Damien Hirst, famous actor and director Steve McQueen and the indie rock band Blur are all graduates of Goldsmiths.