Primera ciudad "vegetariana"

Ghent, Bélgica
Image caption Ciudad "vegetariana"

Belgian city goes veggie

The Belgian city of Ghent is about to become the first in the world to go vegetarian at least once a week. Starting tomorrow, there'll be a regular weekly meatless day.

Reporter: Chris Mason in Brussels

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According to the United Nations, livestock is responsible for nearly a fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions, so in Ghent, one day a week from now will be known as 'veggie day'.

Public officials and politicians will be the first to give up meat for a day; schoolchildren will follow suit in September. It's hoped the move will cut Ghent's carbon footprint and help tackle obesity.

Around ninety thousand so called 'veggie street maps' are now being printed to help people find the city's vegetarian eateries.

Chris Mason, BBC News, Brussels

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livestock animales de cría (ganado, ovejas, aves)

global greenhouse gas emissions emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero

veggie vegetariano (informal)

to give up dejar de (en este caso, comer)

follow suit harán lo mismo

carbon footprint huella de carbono

tackle obesity enfrentar (el problema de) la obesidad

vegetarian eateries restaurantes, cafés y otros lugares donde no ofrecen carnes