Low Carbon Hub supporting the Switch Up Your Lunch campaign

On Earth Day 2021 we are excited to announce that we are partnering with Good Food Oxford and Oxfordshire Greentech (Oxfordshire’s low-carbon business network) for the third year of the Switch Up Your Lunch (SUYL) campaign.

As part of Oxfordshire’s ongoing action on climate change, we are joining Women in Sustainability, and the national Veg Cities campaign.

To encourage everyone in Oxfordshire to make a positive difference to the environmental impact of our food, we’re asking people, companies, schools, universities and community groups in Oxfordshire to come together and pledge to eat a vegetarian or vegan lunch every year. In 2019, an estimated 15,000 people across Oxford were reached, and in 2020 a total of 38 organisations across Oxfordshire supported the pledge.

The way we use our planet’s resources is crucial to how we’ll limit our impact on our Earth. Currently, the average European lifestyle requires the resources of three planets.

The food we eat in Oxfordshire makes up 43% of our ecological footprint.

Source: Moore 2018, Oxfordshire Ecological Footprinting Study.

Though we can do a lot to reduce our carbon and ecological footprints by buying local food, we’d make an even bigger impact through reducing the amount of animal products we consume and introducing more vegetarian & plant-based meals into our diets.

According to World Meat-Free Weeka company of 500 people choosing veggie for just one meal saves:

  • The global warming potential equivalent of driving a car 5,059 kilometres
  • The equivalent of 12 years of water use for 1 person
  • The daily recommended calories of 18 men

We are thrilled to be once again partnering with Good Food Oxford and Oxfordshire Greentech and we are looking forward to seeing what lunches our staff create in June!

Join us on 14th June 2021 and share a photo of your veggie lunch on social media tagging #SwitchUpYourLunch, @ox_greentech and @goodfoodoxford.