Can plant-based diets in state schools solve the climate crisis?
firmly believe this to be the case – which is why my project is
investigating the potential reduction in greenhouse gases if
plant-based menus are introduced in state schools in
the meat and dairy industry contributes to 51% of the greenhouse
gases world-wide, a switch to plant-based menus will have an
immediate effect on the greenhouse gas emissions in the UK.
plant-based menu will also have the potential to create long-lasting
healthy eating habits among children and raise the awareness of the
impact of their food choices.
Astrid Elisabeth Guaaker
|Academic Institution:||University of Surrey|
|Course:||Sustainability PhD, 2016-2017|
|User Profile:||Astrid Elisabeth Guaaker|
What is your motivation for doing a PhD?
I wanted to identify the most effective strategy to reduce emission of green house gases and I pledge to work towards its implementation
Why did you choose your research topic/title
After the Paris agreement was signed in November 2015, I began to ponder the most effective strategy to reduce the greenhouse gases and so the project came to life
1. Institute for Humane Studies’ summer seminar July 2011 I was a one of four sponsored participants by the Norwegian think tank Civita at Institute for Humane Studies' seminar in applied ethics held at Bryn Mawr College, Philadelphia, USA. 2. The Civita Academy 2010 I was a participant at the Civita Academy, which is a series of workshops in philosophy offered by the Norwegian think tank Civita. Places are offered on a competitive basis. 3.Skagerak International school's awards for academic excellence 1999 For academic achievement in the subjects Biology, Norwegian and Psychology.
What difference will this research make in your life and the lives of others?
My project is an interdisciplinary impact study where the aim is to determine the potential for plant-based school meals to be introduced to schools in the UK. The objectives of the study, based on reducing environmental impacts, are to determine: – if children prefer/accept a plant-based diet at school – if parents prefer/accept a plant-based diet at school – if government/education authorities/schools/parents can practically apply a plant-based diet in schools? – how the environmental impact of conversion to plant-based diets in schools can be assessed and monitored?