Group at COP21 details efforts to cut meat consumption


TAIPEI–A group that promotes the Meat Free Monday campaign in Taiwan recently gave a briefing at the United Nations climate summit in Paris on Taiwan’s efforts to reduce meat consumption.

Chang Yu-chuan, convener of Meat Free Monday Taiwan, said there are 7 million people in Taiwan who skip meat in at least one meal per week, an effort that is led primarily by the 2,328 high schools and elementary schools in the country.

At those schools, meat-free meals are offered once per week, Chang said, citing 2012 statistics from the Ministry of Education, at a Dec. 9 meeting in Paris of 18 groups that support the global Meat Free Monday campaign.

Other participants said they were impressed by Taiwan’s achievement and planned to borrow its model, particularly the school meal plan, according to Chang.

The conference titled “Less meat = Less heat” was held in the Climate Generations area as part of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

On Saturday, representatives from the 195 countries approved the Paris Agreement at the end of COP21, setting a goal of limiting global temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius this century.

Meat Free Monday was launched by British musician and Beatles band member Paul McCartney and his two daughters in June 2009 to encourage people to help slow climate change by having one meat-free day a week.