The Belgian city of Ghent is declaring every Thursday a vegetarian day.
Civil servants and councillors will opt for vegetarian meals and are urging the public to follow suit. Recipes and tips on vegetarian cooking will be offered and about 90,000 ‘veggie street maps’ are being printed to help people find the city’s vegetarian restaurants.
A party was held in the city, 30 miles west of Brussels, to celebrate the first Veggie Day. On the buffet tables were aubergine caviar and broad-bean falafel.
Ghent’s initiative is aimed at drawing attention to the impact of livestock on the environment. The UN says livestock is responsible for nearly one-fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions.
Councillor Tom Balthazar said that abstaining from meat for one day a week was ‘good for the climate, good for your health and good for your taste buds.’ “There’s nothing compulsory,” he added. “We just want to be a city that promotes sustainable and healthy living.”
by Andy Moreton
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One of the most unusual landmarks in western Europe is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary.
The Atomium was built in the Belgian capital, Brussels, to mark the city’s staging of Expo ’58. It’s 335 feet tall and features nine interconnected steel spheres forming the shape of a unit cell of an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times.
Three spheres are currently closed to the public for safety reasons, but others are easily reachable by escalator. A two-year renovation of the structure has provided revamped exhibition spaces, a restaurant and activities for schoolchildren.
A number of events are planned to mark the anniversary and all people celebrating their 50th birthday between now and October 19th will get free admission on their special day. Details at www.atomium.be
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By Andy Moreton