The food serving event is part of The Vegan Society’s Plate Up for the Planet campaign which encourages people to start their vegan journey by eating vegan for a week.
It comes complete with a meal plan and colourful recipes, containing information about the environmental impact of each of the meals compared to a non-vegan equivalent.
‘Scientific evidence tells us that animal agriculture is incredibly damaging to our planet and that a plant-based diet is the most sustainable way of eating.
‘We need to be far bolder with our food choices if we are to protect our precious planet, and our Plate Up for the Planet campaign encourages people to do just that.
‘Cooking vegan food can be a fun experience and, as Simon’s curry recipe demonstrates, it doesn’t need to be time-consuming or expensive.’
Head of campaigns, policy and research at The Vegan Society
Clare Oxborrow, Food and Farming campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said that given ‘the huge environmental impacts of meat and dairy’, it ‘makes sense for all of us to reassess our diets for the benefit of the climate, nature and farm animals’.
‘We also need the government and food industry to make it much easier for people to access healthy, sustainable diets’, Clare added. ‘Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian or an omnivore, everyone can enjoy more veg-based meals. Cheaper, great for the planet and your health, and tasty too – what’s not to love?’
Vegan diets and emissions
Going vegan can reduce your food-related emissions by up to 50%, yet only a fifth of Brits are aware that farming cows and sheep results in climate change.
Last year, the 11,500 Plate Up for the Planet participants saved the same amount of carbon dioxide as is needed to fly to the moon and back.
The lowest carbon curry event kicked off the campaign roadshow, which will visit offices, media outlets and environmental charities all over the UK to spread the vegan message.
Click here to view the recipe for the ‘world’s lowest carbon curry’.