September 24, 2014
Environmental advocates from around the globe convened this week to participate in Climate Week NY°C. International activists and the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future were there to discuss progress and future plans for Meatless Mondays campaigns in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, England, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Kuwait, South Africa, South Korea, and Taiwan.
On Sunday, the group participated in the People’s Climate March. By eating less meat, you can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which is critical to fighting climate change. Use your fork to make a difference one bite at a time!
Monday started with a brunch featuring vegetarian dishes by Beyond Meat at the Ritz Carlton. Attendees heard from Gregory Barker, MP, the UK’s Minister of State for Climate Change, and his successor, Amber Rudd, MP. Both have renewed their commitment to Meat Free Monday, which celebrates its fifth anniversary this year. Paul McCartney sent a special video message in which he asks everyone to join Barker and Rudd in signing the pledge to skip meat one day a week to help tackle climate change. See McCartney’s new video and be sure to sign the pledge today!
Peggy Neu, President of the Monday Campaigns, reminded the audience that Meatless Monday has its roots in World War I and World War II, when Americans were asked to help conserve key staples to aid the war effort. Now individuals, families, and institutions are pledging to go meatless to improve their health and the health of our planet.
Actor/activist Marc Ruffalo spoke about his family’s dedication to be meat-free on Mondays. (For photos of Ruffalo, Lily Cole, and Minister Barker at the event, check out The Dodo.) He believes that they are gaining so much more than they are giving up because it opens their door to new food cultures every week. English actress Lily Cole attended the event as well to show her support for the campaign.
Later at the Monday Campaigns headquarters, Allison Righter and Jillian Fry of CLF shared insights and new research with the international Meatless Monday activists such as a recent study out of the UK that “demonstrates that reducing the intake of meat and other animal based products can make a valuable contribution to climate change mitigation.” (Climatic Change (2014) 125:179–192).
Please pledge to go meatless this Monday! There are so many good reasons, including the ones mentioned here (climate change mitigation), here (type 2 diabetes), and here (L-carnitine and heart disease).
Photo courtesy of Meatless Monday.