Vegetarian food is the new norm at KIB

Veggies are now the norm, not the exception! For all KIB activities, vegetarian food will now be the preselected option. Vegetables generally have a much lower environmental impact and a positive impact on human health.

The decision is made based on (among many) Naturvårdsverkets report Hållbara konsumtionsmönster (Sustainable consumption patterns), Läkare för framtidens recommendations on food and health (based on the american model Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) and Naturskyddsföreningens recommendations on vegetarian as a preferred diet choice (in Swedish). The UN IPCC report on climate change is also a major factor, and UN is pointing out the need to drastically decrease our meat consumtion for a healthy planet.

Previously, the norm has been that the preselected option is meat and those who want have to choose fish, vegetarian or vegan as their preference. Now we turn this around so that vegetarian food is the default option and meat, fish and vegan have to be ordered as a special preference. Breaking standards is part of the work for a sustainable world. By making this decision, we hope KIB will inspire to eat more vegetarian, even outside the workplace.

We encourage other departments at KI to do the same!

On the KI website you can now also find a thematic page called Spotlight on sustainable development and health, which includes interesting themes such as flightfree work trips and how climate change affects people's health. The Environment and sustainablity work page at the Staff portal contains information on how KI works with these issues within the organisation. President Ole Petter Ottersen has written in his blog about #Metoo, sustainability and health and also Vice-President Karin Dahlman Wright has pinpointed the subject with the blog post We all need to contribute to our shared environment

During the fall term, several lectures and activities will be held to promote sustainability issues in different ways.

Do not miss the The Global Goals exhibition in close proximity to the Torgen area at both libraries. In 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 goals for a better world by 2030. These goals have the power to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change. Guided by the goals, it is now up to all of us, governments, businesses, civil society and the general public to work together to build a better future for everyone.