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Planet-kind kids - the generation going greener

by Laura Barns

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According to a new survey by Linda McCartney, a huge 70% of British children want more vegan and veggie options from their school cafeteria.

But why?

Looking at recent events and headlines, it’s hard to ignore the fact that our younger generation is growing more conscious and aware of the world around them. 

A huge leader in this shift, teen Greta Thunberg triggered a wave of strikes throughout schools across the globe after she skipped lessons to hold a solo protest outside the Swedish Parliament. Greenpeace then curated a worldwide map of strike locations with most being held every Friday, known as ‘Fridays for Future’. 

Schools were forced to sit up and listen, adapting curriculums in response. EduCCate Global generated a training plan for teachers, which over 600 teachers have signed up to, where they’ll receive UN accreditation as a ‘climate change teacher’. 

Diets with a difference

Though it’s not always easy for kids to feel like they’re making a big impact. This might go some way in explaining why this generation is making some major changes to what goes on their plates. 

After all, eating is something most of us do three times a day. It’s a big way of living, connecting and sharing our beliefs. It’s also the single biggest way we can have less impact on our planet. 

A vegan diet has the lowest carbon footprint around, so it’s no wonder that more people than ever are looking to go a little greener. In fact, interest in 'veganism' increased sevenfold in the five years between 2014 and 2019, according to Google trends. 

There are a whole host of reasons why our kids are choosing to eat less meat. The environment, of course, being one of them. But another huge factor for the younger generation is the subject of ethics. In the Linda McCartney survey, being 'kinder to animals' topped the chart in terms of motivation, with 44% citing this reason.

How can we help encourage our planet-conscious kids?

If your children are starting to question eating meat, and have talked about wanting to cut down, as a meat-eating parent who grew up in a whole other generation, this can sometimes be hard to swallow. Where will they get their protein, is this just a phase, and what will you cook?!

Our first advice would be not to stress. Even the smallest changes can make a huge difference to our planet. If all Brits eat all plants just two days a week, we’d reduce the carbon equivalent of taking 54% of cars off the road. 

That’s where we come in. We believe eating 100% plant-based meals should be tasty, easy and convenient. And that’s why allplants was born – to help you (and all the family) enjoy plant-based eating on your schedule. So whether we cook for you every week, or every few weeks, we’re here to help. And if you feel like getting creative in the kitchen with your little ones, we have loads of kid-approved recipes for you to explore. From our Mac and Greens to something sweet for afters (chocolate-filled doughnuts, anyone?) there’s something kind they’re bound to love. 

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Laura Barns
by Laura Barns

Laura is our Copywriter, who is obsessed with the Hearty Roots Stew (and has been known to eat a double serve for lunch on more than one occasion). On her day off you’ll find her walking her puppy Ralph, stopping off at bookshops and cocktail bars along the way. 

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