UAE's first 'Meat Free Monday' launched


UAEs first Meat Free Monday launched
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Abu Dhabi - The Ecocity World Summit, ECWS, today hosted the UAE's first 'Meat Free Monday' in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, ADNEC.

By Wam

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Published: Mon 12 Oct 2015, 6:39 PM

Last updated: Mon 12 Oct 2015, 9:56 PM

The global campaign aims to raise awareness of the detrimental environmental impact of eating meat, encouraging people to help slow climate change, preserve precious natural resources and improve their health by having at least one meat-free day each week. In support of the campaign, the summit worked with ADNEC to provide visitors and exhibitors with meat-free catering throughout the day.
Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Acting Group CEO of ADNEC, said, "Our collaboration with Ecocity World Summit articulates ADNEC's commitment to the environmental vision of Abu Dhabi through supporting various initiatives and programmes that address important ecological challenges confronting the world today. At ADNEC, we adopt cutting edge solutions to achieve a sustainable impact on the MICE industry, while promoting Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre as one of the most sustainable event venues worldwide."
Livestock consumption is a contributor to climate change due to the industry's significant role in greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, according to estimates from the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, livestock production is responsible for 14.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, while other organisations have estimated its contribution to be as much as 51 percent.
The initiative was launched in collaboration with ADNEC, which has won the Most Sustainable Exhibition and Conference Venue award at the annual Association of Event Organisers Excellence Awards ceremony in both 2014 and 2015.
The meatless Monday movement was officially first launched in 2003, and was then introduced to the UK in 2009 by avid vegetarian and international musician, Paul McCartney. The global movement is now active in over 50 countries, encouraging people to have one vegetarian day per week for better personal health, animal welfare, and for the planet's own health.

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