The Corner Café is going meat free for COP17

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One of my favourite little cafés is going all out to raise green awareness around the COP17 conference that’ll be taking place in Durban later this month.


Firstly, they’ll be leaving meat off their menus for the duration of the conference. As the Café’s quirky proprietor Juddy Poo points out, leaving meat off your plate is one of the best things you can do to prevent global warming and world hunger.


They’ll also be selling trees at cost price to help customers offset their carbon footprints, plus they’ll throw in a free coffee. You can take the tree home to plant in your own garden, or sponsor it to be planted around the city. The fact that all the trees will be christened “Juddy Poo” is a little odd, but then even odd-balls do their best to help the planet. For more info check out his blog.


What is COP17?


COP17 is the 17th Conference Of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It’s also the 7thconference serving as the meeting of the parties (CMP7) to discuss the Kyoto Protocol (KP). They sure like their acronyms (TSLTA’s).


This year they’ll be converging on Durban’s sunny shores, starting 28 November. For more information, check out their website.


What are you going to do to make a green difference over COP17?


Do you have plans to make a special difference over this period of heightened environmental awareness? Or is this a bit like an ecological Valentine’s Day, where too much emphasis is placed on a single day when we should be show our love for the environment every day?