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Norwegian army vows to fight climate Change

by FFE EU News staff

Norwegian Army

The Norwegian army said on Tuesday that they are preparing to fight the world’s common and biggest enemy: climate change.

However, their solution doesn’t involve mammoth or idealistic plans. What’s their strategy?

Veggie diet.

The army announced that they will implement ‘Meatless Mondays’ to cut their consumption of ecologically unfriendly food. Army spokesman Eystein Kvarving said the once-a-week programme is ‘a step to protect our climate. The idea is to serve food that’s respectful of the environment.

 

‘It’s not about saving money. It’s about being more concerned for our climate, more ecologically friendly and also healthier.’

 

The army estimates that the programme will allow 150 tonnes of meat to be cut from consumption every year. It will soon be applied to all units, including those serving overseas.

 

The environmental group that currently campaigns for the nationwide Meatless Monday programme ‘The Future in Our Hands’ has lauded the military’s announcement. The group’s director Arild Hermstad said ‘The Defence ministry deserves a lot of praise because it’s taking climate and environmental issues seriously.’

 

According to the group, the average Norwegian eats 1,200 animals over the course of their life, including 1,147 chickens, 22 sheep, six cattle and 2.6 deer.

 

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation said that livestock farming makes up 18% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.

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