The new head of Goldsmiths University in London, Professor Frances Corner, is determined to make the college carbon neutral by 2025, which means eliminating or offsetting 3.7 million kg of carbon emissions.
To that end, she’s taking drastic measures, including banning the sale of hamburgers, because cows take enormous amounts of water and land to raise, and emit large amounts of methane, which is more hazardous to the climate than carbon.
“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.
Declaring a climate emergency cannot be empty words.
I truly believe we face a defining moment in global history and Goldsmiths now stands shoulder to shoulder with other organisations willing to call the alarm and take urgent action to cut carbon use.”
In addition to the burger ban, Corner is instituting a 10 pence (10 cent) tax on water bottles and plastic cups.
There’s no word from students on the new policy, but nearby hamburger joints must be thrilled.