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Oldest University in Portugal Bans Beef

25 September 2019

The University of Coimbra, Portugal's oldest university, will stop serving beef after 792 years in operation in a bid to become carbon-neutral by 2030.

Lisbon-based University of Coimbra—established in 1290—will remove beef from all 14 of its cafeterias in January 2020, reports VegNews. University of Coimbra chancellor Amílcar Falcão made the announcement to students today, stating that the move will help the university become carbon-neutral by 2030.

“We are experiencing a climate emergency and we have to put [the] brakes on this projected environmental catastrophe,” Falcão said. “I think the biggest impact is to make people aware of the problem. What is more dramatic is that world leaders do not understand that the future of the planet and of our young people, our children, and grandchildren is at stake, and that it is too worrying not to warn off the problem, even if they are small gestures.”

The school will also remove many plastic items from campus, such as disposable utensils, straws, and water bottles, and promote its “UC Plants” program where students are invited to plant a tree at a botanical garden which will be transferred to areas devastated by fires and storms.

 

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