Organised by Imperial College Union, the university’s senior common room and Queen’s Tower Rooms adopted a vegetarian menu for the day, part of a week-long series of events to highlight environmental issues.
“I decided to propose the idea of a Meat Free Monday campaign at Imperial as part of our Green Week to highlight the environmental impact of the meat industry,” says medical student Hannah Theodorou, one of Green Week’s main organisers. “It’s not about telling everyone they should go vegetarian tomorrow, but that they can make a significant and positive change by cutting meat out from their diet one day a week. It’s also a chance to showcase some great vegetarian cooking, something that people initially find rather daunting.
“Imperial is at the forefront of some of the most important research into sustainability and if its members were to take part in this campaign it would send out a strong message. We might see other universities decide to follow our lead!”
And with more than 325 higher-education establishments in the UK, the collective efforts of the entire student body for one day a week could make a huge difference.
For more, see the Green Imperial website