Switch Up Your Lunch

To encourage everyone in Oxfordshire to make a positive difference to the environment, we’re asking all to pledge to eat a vegetarian or vegan lunch every year in June.

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Turnip the spotlight onto veggies and #SwitchUpYourLunch - by eating a vegetarian lunch on 13th June 2022

To encourage everyone in Oxfordshire to make a positive difference to the environmental impact of our food, we’re asking people, companies, schools, universities and community groups in Oxfordshire to pledge to eat a vegetarian or vegan lunch every year in June.

Join us on 13th June 2022 and share a photo of your veggie lunch on social media tagging #SwitchUpYourLunch and @goodfoodoxfordand @ox_greentech.

If you sign up for an organisation, we will share a social media pack to help you share your pledge – even for organisations that don’t directly serve food, this is a great way to keep remote working teams at home engaged and show an organisation’s commitment to climate action at the same time.

Pledge to #SwitchUpYourLunch

By switching up your lunch you’ll be helping make a difference to of the environmental impact of our food in Oxfordshire. If we all make a pledge to eat a veggie meal regularly, we can help to slow climate change, conserve precious natural resources, whilst improving your health. All you have to do is start with one veggie meal.

Switch Up Your Lunch is an initiative by Oxfordshire Greentech and Good Food Oxfordshire run in collaboration with several other partners.

Why are we asking you to pledge for a veggie lunch?

The way we use our planet’s resources is crucial to how we’ll limit our impact on our Earth. Currently, the average European lifestyle requires the resources of three planets. But what about the average Oxfordshire citizen?

The food we eat in Oxfordshire makes up 43% of our ecological footprint.

Source: Moore 2019, Oxfordshire Ecological Footprinting Study for Bioregional.

This is because our diets tend to be animal-product-heavy, especially meat and dairy. Though we can do a lot to reduce our carbon and ecological footprints by buying local food, we’d make an even bigger impact through reducing the amount of animal products we consume and introducing more vegetarian & plant-based meals into our diets.

According to World Meat-Free Week, a company of 500 people choosing veggie for just one meal saves:

Collectively we can make a difference. Watch this space for news of the next Switch Up Your Lunch Campaign coming soon. Pledge to #SwitchUpYourLunch

Lettuce help you!

We have collated some useful resources to help you switch your lunch:

The Good Food Cooking Toolkit: a handy guide to help you get creative in the kitchen and work with ingredients you have at home, whether from an allotment, veg box, food parcel or community fridge. Download here

Free online cooking & baking demos with local chefs. Watch on YouTube

Download a weekly food planner

Games, reward charts, posters and more from Veg Power to help you get children eating veg

More smart tips to get children eating veg

Looking for more ways to eat more climate-friendly and eat more veg? Visit our good food for the planet page, and find more useful resources to support your organisation’s pledge on vegcities.org.

Switch Up Your Lunch is supported by Good Food OxfordshireOxfordshire GreentechOxfordshire County CouncilWomen in SustainabilityLow Carbon Hub and the national Veg Cities campaign

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