Goldsmiths University has announced it is removing beef from its shops and cafes in a bid to combat climate change. The decision comes as part of their goal to become carbon neutral by 2025. In addition, Goldsmiths students will also have to pay a 10p levy on bottles of water and single-use plastic cups. Plus, Goldsmiths will install more solar panels and transition to a 100 per cent clean energy supplier. Professor Frances Corner, the college’s new warden, said staff and students “care passionately about the future of the environment.” He added: “The growing global call for organisations to take seriously their responsibilities for halting climate change is impossible to ignore.” However, The National Farmers’ Union criticised the decision, claiming it’s an “overly simplistic” response to climate change. It takes more than 2,400 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef, according to PETA. Globally, animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gases than all the world’s transportation systems combined. A vegan diet is said to be the “single biggest way” an individual can reduce their impact on Earth, according to Oxford University. Goldsmiths join a variety of other universities trying to do their bit to tackle climate change. Cambridge University’s catering services have not offered beef or lamb since 2016. Instead, they “promote the consumption of more vegetarian and vegan foods.” Plus, Westminster University encourages students to choose meat-free meals. They offer a “part-time carnivore loyalty card,” whereby those who buy four vegetarian meals get one for free. Goldsmiths’ students’ union has backed the ban as well. Student’s Union President Joe Leam saying the university has a “huge carbon footprint”. He said the SU would be part of the process every step of the way and pledged to speed it up where possible. We commend their efforts!