Let’s Go Meat Free & Leave A Better World Says WeWork CEO
With increasing evidence showing the detrimental effects of meat production on climate change, global work sharing space company WeWork has literally taken the bull by the horns. The company announced it will no longer allow staff to claim expenses for meals that include meat. WeWork will also no longer provide red meat or poultry at company events.
WeWork wants to leave a better world
Indeed research, led by scientists at the Oxford Martin School, shows that shifting to a mostly vegetarian diet, or even simply cutting down meat consumption to within accepted health guidelines, would make a large dent in greenhouse gases.
They say adhering to health guidelines on meat consumption could cut global food-related emissions by nearly a third by 2050. And widespread adoption of a vegetarian diet would bring down emissions by 63%
Miguel McKelvey, co-founder and CEO of this US$20 billion company, explained to his global staff compliment of 6000 in an email why he wants them to quit eating meat. He says the company’s decision was based on research showing how meat is damaging the environment and suggests every individual can make a positive contribution. The founders want to “leave a better world for future generations.”
WeWork operates communal office spaces around the world. The company subdivides large warehouses into cool work buildings with lots of exposed brick, and then rents them out to start-ups.
McKelvey, added in the email, “New research indicates that avoiding meat is one of the biggest things an individual can do to reduce their personal environmental impact, even more than switching to a hybrid car.”
Every individual can make a difference
He said that by 2023, this new meat free policy will have saved about 201 million kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions and 15,507,103 animals.
Perhaps more companies will take the lead from WeWork’s bold and healthy move. Of course, it goes without saying, you do not have to be a vegetarian to work for the company. However, your long-term pocket and prospects may well improve if you eat less meat!