The university previously announced its plans to become a meat-free campus by 2030. “The university recognises that eating plant-based foods is an effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions”, it states in a press release. The aim is to reduce emissions, not ‘just pay to offset them’. Additional steps will therefore be taken towards becoming a meat-free campus. Starting next quarter, staff will only be able to order vegetarian snacks and meals from the catering service, and discounts will be offered to encourage students to eat vegetarian.
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The Executive Board will consider what other measures the university will take. That should happen by the end of this year. In the transition plan to be drawn up, the university wishes to explore how it can help to promote biodiversity and combat global warming. Relationships with ‘organisations that have a major impact on the climate and ecosystems’ will be critically examined as well. Following an analysis, the Board will not make an immediate decision on breaking ties, as demanded by activist group OccupyEUR. According to the university, the decision regarding whether or not to end these relationships involves ‘important values such as academic freedom and the independence of scientific research’. The issue should therefore be discussed within the entire university community.
Sustainability education and research
According to the university, all students will ‘come into contact with sustainability education about the climate and ecological emergency’ in the years ahead. What this will look like is not yet clear.
The university should create more space for research that can contribute to ‘faster restoration of the climate, ecosystems and a more just society’. Partnerships between faculties should be encouraged, and researchers should also be given the opportunity to learn the necessary research skills.
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Climate and ecological emergency
With the intention to refine its own policy, the university wishes to acknowledge that the world is facing a climate and ecological emergency. “As an organisation, we want our education, research and business operations to have a net positive impact on both the climate and ecosystems”, says Executive Board President Ed Brinksma. “The science clearly shows that action must be taken worldwide. What we do in the next ten years will have an impact on many generations to come. With this statement, we aim to broaden and accelerate the sustainability transition in our research, education and business operations, together with our entire organisation.”
”Soon staff will ‘only’ eat vegetarian food and all students will learn about sustainability.”
So far the goal of the Erasmus University to be ”INCLUSIVE”
Why does everything needs to be vegan? What about the people who have a lot of allergies? It’s just so extreme to have everything vegan
Do you know why we can’t just have 1 option with meat or cheese? Because then the Erasmus University can’t brag of being ”so eco-friendly”
50 students who camp at the University do not represent the whole University!
It is disappointing that the university bows before a group of 50-or-so angry and sanctimonious students and does everything possible to appease them. Allowing only vegan food in campus and forcing everyone to share a certain lifestyle are disgraceful. Our university, with its insistence on determining values for its staff and students, recycles certain political choices as the absolute truth. Unfortunately it is in the process of becoming a progressive cult, totally cut-off from the public. The university board should bear in mind what happens to the institutions that let a small, vociferous group dictate its policies. They lose all their credibility.
Especially international students I could talk to are horrified by how our university is run like a political party. Most of the students cannot even tell their opinion anymore because these ‘occupiers’, most of whom are philosophy students, make it their duty to go after anyone who doesn’t share their views. They have nothing else to do but protest and scream. Is it the positive impact our university promises us? Where are the adults? Should everyone try to occupy a building and disrupt education in order to be heard?