Pollan Tells Oprah Viewers Why He Goes Meatless on Monday

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Oprah interviewing Pollan during Earth Day episode Courtesy: Oprah.com

Oprah Winfrey celebrated Earth Day by sharing with her viewers tips on how to Go Green and Save Money. During a Skype interview with Michael Pollan, the author of Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food, Pollan suggested to Oprah that one great way to cut your carbon footprint is to eat less meat. He told Oprah, “I’m not talking about going vegetarian, but even one meatless day a week-a meatless Monday, which is what we do in our household- if everybody in America did that, that would be the equivalent of taking 20 million midsize sedans off the road.”

For more reasons why a meatless Monday could help the Earth, check out Meatless Monday’s website. You may also want to take another look at this video.

The Center for a Livable Future provides research and scientific expertise for the national Meatless Monday Campaign.

Happy Earth Day…or Not!

While today reminds us of the environmental challenges we face nationally and globally, it isn’t the only day where we should be concerned about our impact on the Earth (and in turn, how our actions affect the environment and our health).

Earth Day should be about raising awareness of what we are doing every day and how to make meaningful changes, not about “greenwashing” or giving lip service to environmental issues.

Grist, the online environmental magazine, posted a series on whether Earth Day still matters-with several essays on both sides (and a tongue-in-cheek campaign called Screw Earth Day). The self-proclaimed cynical view calls the day “an empty gesture,” and says few people care enough to even make small changes in their daily lives. Then the author turns a bit less cynical and details how we can reclaim the day by doing something that actually matters. Read More >