Public forum: Veg*n Sustainability Workshop

15 February, 2016, The University of Sydney

In recent times, a number of institutions such as universities, media organisations and superannuation funds have publically announced initiatives to divest from industries that are implicated in contributing to global warming.  Animal agriculture is one such industry, contributing around 18% of the ‘global warming effect’, an ‘even larger contribution than the transportation sector worldwide’, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report Livestock’s Long Shadow: Environmental Issues and Options.  And yet, institutional responses to sustainability rarely attend to this connection between climate change, animal agriculture and food choices.  The Veg*n Sustainability Workshop addresses the politics of human food consumption as an integral component of a carbon-conscious institutional change agenda within institutions.  To kick off our workshop, we are opening with a public forum, which will include short presentations from participants and a longer Q&A session with the audience.