The Indonesia Vegetarian Society (IVS) called for the implementation of a meat-free Monday campaign in the city to improve the health of residents as well as to help save the environment.
IVS Jakarta coordinator Roeddy Zeng said Friday the organization had conveyed its plans to the governor in the hope that the city administration would respond after the 39th World Vegetarian Congress that is scheduled to be held in Jakarta in early October.
“We hope the program would be a good start to promote a vegetarian lifestyle among urban residents,” Roeddy said, adding that the program was expected to help not only people but also the environment.
A 2006 report by the UN Food and Agricultural Organization showed that livestock were a major cause of greenhouse gas emissions, contributing 18 percent of total emissions, higher than the 13.5 percent from the transportation sector.
Under IVS’ plan, the city administration would promote the program among students and workers in government institutions in the capital.