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Should we go vegan to save the world?

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A discussion on the merits of adopting a vegan diet in response to the climate and ecological emergency

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The number of vegans in the UK has grown rapidly over the last few years, quadrupling since 2014.[source] One of the main reasons people eat less meat and dairy is environmental, including the need to reduce carbon emissions. But should we all go vegan to save the world?

Two of Climate Action Ilkley’s (CAI) trustees offer their views on this question looking beyond the carbon footprint of meat and plant-based diets to consider other issues such as what the UK’s landscape and farming might look like if we all went vegan, the health and ethical implications of eating meat and dairy, and a personal take on life after cheese.

Attendees are encouraged to make their own contributions and some time will be allocated for discussion on what actions CAI might consider in this area.

Steve Peel trained in agriculture and worked in research and consultancy, specialising in grassland for dairy and meat production. From the 1990s his work evolved towards the impact of farming on the environment: soil, water, air and particularly biodiversity. He is an omnivore but with a much lower than average meat and dairy consumption.

Mike Daw has been vegan for around five years. He has been active in the environmental movement for over thirty years and joined CAI in 2018 after moving to Ilkley from Derbyshire. He is currently working towards a PhD in psychology examining how diet relates to parapsychological experiences.

The session will be chaired by Kath Steward, also a trustee of CAI.

The event will be open for you to join from 19:15 and the event will start promptly at 19.30.

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