It’s nice that you’re here to find out a little bit more about us! While we think the rest of the website is a bit more exciting, we understand you might be interested in what has happened behind the scenes and why this campaign exists.
To save the planet, save students’ pennies, and to help students live more sustainably by eating meat-free one day a week.
What are we doing?
The Worth my Earth campaign encourages students to take a pledge to give up meat for just one day a week, for the purpose of living more sustainably – both environmentally and economically. Why just one day? The idea of one meat free day a week is something that many people find do-able and something that can be achieve relatively easily, while such small changes can have a huge impact on our environment. We’re trying to help students see that they don’t have to make drastic changes to their already hectic lifestyles, but that each individual can do their bit for the planet. If students end up loving the meat-free lifestyle so much that they end up going completely meat-free, then that’s ace too!
How can people take the pledge?
By using the resources on this website. Our Blog shares tips, tricks and advice on living a meat-free lifestyle as a student, and our Recipes include budget-friendly and time-saving breakfast, lunch and dinner meals to inspire readers to cook something different. Lastly, the Nutrients page provides free downloadable posters on key nutrients to help those of you who want to boost your brain for the 9am lectures or library all nighters.
Worth my Earth was created by Leeds University Digital Media Undergraduate Chloe Hammond and produced in collaboration with the Leeds University Union Food4Change society and The Leeds Food Partnership. We thank them for all their continuous support. Together we can spread the message and help students take the leap!
How can we connect?
Blog posts and updates are shared via the Worth my Earth Facebook page, but we share our bitesize content through mouth-watering photos and quick tips on the Food4Change Instagram page! You can also subscribe to our blog via email so that you never miss a post, find the subscription box in the right hand sidebar here.
Campaign video references:
Music by www.hooksounds.com
Voiceover artist: Lauren Ellis, University of Leeds
“The planet is getting busier and the environment is getting messier”:
Reference: Carus, F. 2010. UN urges global move to meat and dairy-free diet. The Guardian. Accessed online. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/jun/02/un-report-meat-free-diet
Article summary: A report by United Nations urges people across the planet to eat less meat and dairy to ‘save the world from the worst impacts of climate change’. Global population surges towards a predicted 9.1 billion people by 2050, and the western taste for a diet rich in meat and dairy products is reported unsustainable by the UN. UN report that ‘a substantial reduction of impacts would only be possible with a substantial worldwide diet change, away from animal products’. This article supports the fact that global population is rising exponentially and is consequently affecting the environment.
“Food is getting pricier” “Save the environment, and save your pennies “More money in your pocket”:
Reference: Flynn, M., and Schiff, A. 2015. Economically Health Diets: Including Lean Animal Protein Costs More Than Using Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition. Volume 10, issue 4. Pp467-482. [Available online at: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/19320248.2015.1045675?needAccess=true&]
Article summary: Study conducted by Flynn and Schiff (2014) shares that meat, poultry and seafood are more expensive foods per serving, costing approximately more than 60% more than vegetables, legumes and fruit. (Drewnowski, 2010, as cited in Flynn and Schiff, 2015, p478). Flynn and Schiff conclude from their study that ‘educating consumers to include some weekly meals that do not contain meat, poultry or seafood will decrease food costs, improve food security, and improve body weight’ (2015, p481). This article shares insight into how people can save money buy purchasing more plant-based food instead of animal products.
“As well as improved health and wellbeing”
Reference: Springmann, M., Godfray, C., Rayner, M., and Scarborough, P. 2016. Analysis and Valuation of the health and climate change cobenefits of dietary change. PNAS Early Edition. Pp1-6. [Available at: http://www.pnas.org/content/pnas/early/2016/03/16/1523119113.full.pdf]
Article summary: This article investigates diet to understand the impact diet has on health and the environment. The study finds that ‘transitioning toward more plant-based diets that are in line with standard dietary guidelines could reduce global mortality by 6-10% and food related greenhouse gas emissions by 29-70%.
“Eating less meat means reduced greenhouse gas emissions, less pollution and a lower impact on climate change”:
Reference: Carrington, D. 2014. Eating less meat essential to curb climate change. Our World, United Nations University. [Available online at: https://ourworld.unu.edu/en/eating-less-meat-essential-to-curb-climate-change-says-report]
Article summary: The article refers to reports released by the United Nations, outlining that the world’s appetite for meat needs to be curbed in order to avoid devastating climate change. The Chatham House report concludes: “Dietary change is essential if global warming is not to exceed 2°C.”