Target: Members of the Los Angeles City Council
Goal: Express gratitude for Council’s recent adoption of the “Meatless Mondays” campaign.
The Los Angeles City Council has voted to approve a resolution that would encourage residents of Los Angeles to give up meat for one day a week. “Meatless Mondays,” a campaign that picked up steam in 2003, encourages families to go vegetarian for the first day of the work week in order to address the health concerns that come with eating meat. Today, 30 public health schools now support the campaign.
“Eating less meat can prevent and even reverse some of our nation’s most common illnesses,” Councilwoman Jan Perry said of the decision. “We’ve become disconnected in some ways from the simple truth that our health is directly affected by the foods we eat.” And this is one way to focus attention on this important issue. Cutting back on meat consumption can also lessen the likelihood of developing heart disease and many cancers, as well as help to reduce carbon emissions and slow global warming.
Despite the unanimous vote, “Meatless Mondays” in Los Angeles will neither be enforced nor backed by laws—it remains fully a recommendation and will only be encouraged by the Los Angeles City Council as a way to promote healthy living and eating. When it comes to the health of a community and the health of the planet, every positive step is one worth taking. In order to achieve the results we wish to see in the future of our world, we must first start with a single step—and the Los Angeles City Council has taken that step by supporting “Meatless Mondays.”
To thank the members of the Los Angeles City Council for their commitment to the health of the people and the planet, please sign the petition below.
Dear Members of the Los Angeles City Council,
I am writing to thank you for your recent support of a “Meatless Mondays” campaign in Los Angeles. With so much at stake—the health of the nation and the health of the planet—a campaign like this allows citizens to better understand the importance of food and how a single meal can affect the far greater picture. Promoting “Meatless Mondays” is a great way to help the people of Los Angeles.
For any movement to begin, the public must first be educated. The adoption of “Meatless Mondays” will allow the public to receive the type of information important to sticking with a healthy diet, among other things. Thus said, this decision is only the first step, but one in the right direction. Thank you.
[Your Name Here]
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