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Host a Climatarian dinner for your friends and see how easy it is to be climate friendly.

Climate friendly Climatarian cooking is simple and healthy, you don't have to cut out meat altogether - just swap beef and lamb for pork and poultry.

Avoiding ruminant meat - beef, lamb, goat and farmed deer - is the essence of a Climatarian meal.

You can cook almost all your favourite recipes by just mixing it up a bit - swap beef for chicken and a sumptuous boeuf bourgignonne becomes a melt-in-the-mouth coq au vin.

Tagine, stir-fry, chili and pasta taste great using pork and poultry. And of course there's the whole range of vegetarian and vegan options. Check out the Climatarian twists on some traditional meals here.

The rationale behind a beef and lamb free Climatarian meal is clear in this graph:

Source: Dietary greenhouse gas emissions of meat-eaters, fish-eaters, vegetarians and vegans, in the UK, Peter Scarborough et al, Oxford University 2014.

You can go a step further with more climate-friendly food choices:

Avoid processed meat which uses more energy.

Eat less meat overall - either reduce the amount of meat you use in your recipe or cook a vegetarian or vegan meal.

Choose organic meat, fruit and veg - avoiding emissions from chemical fertilisers.

Buy local, seasonal, fresh food - cutting transport and refrigeration emissions.

Select sustainable fish to protect fish stocks.

And make sure to avoid waste, keep the leftovers to eat the following day, make soup or freeze them to use later.

The climate impact of beef and lamb stands out above pork, poultry, dairy and other foods.

 Environmental Working Group, US, 2011

Source: The Environmental Working Group, Meat Eater's Guide to Climate Change and Health, What you Eat Matters.

Now make your pledge to host a Climatarian meal and invite your friends!

 

It is difficult to quantify the carbon savings of some Actions. In this case we allocate a nominal 10kg CO2e per year. This is not reflective of the actual savings which may be significantly more, but to show that you are making a difference. If possible, we will provide representative calculations at a later date. 

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  •  Grainne Halligan: 
     

    So am I. Don't think it's going to look anything like the picture though. More supper round the kitchen table. Might stretch to two courses at a push.

    Have a good time. Enjoy your meal!

     
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  •  Elizabeth Sharp: 
     

    I'm cooking a Climatarian meal for World Food Day to help tackle world hunger. 

     
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