Target: U.S. Department of Education
Goal: Serve meatless meals on Mondays in all U.S. schools
Meatless Mondays is an international campaign to reduce the population’s meat consumption by 15%. Meatless Mondays targets schools and restaurants to serve meatless dishes every Monday in order to promote a healthier lifestyle. Going meatless only one day each week can reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity. It is also beneficial to the environment, by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, water usage, and fossil fuel dependence.
Many schools have already adopted the new Meatless Mondays policy, including districts in California, Michigan, Colorado, Maryland, among others. Universities are also participating in the movement, including the University of California, the University of North Carolina, Bowling Green State University, Columbia University, among many others. A student in East Village Community School in New York City says Meatless Mondays “teaches kids to be more careful about what they eat, to be more thoughtful and more green.” University students are also realizing the benefits of meatless meals, with students at Duke University experiencing monthly meatless potluck get-togethers that not only benefit their health and the environment, but also build a stronger campus community. The University of California has implemented potlucks, events, and meatless meals in the cafeteria across its network of campuses.
Despite the incredible progress in the movement to go meatless, there is still much progress to be made. Encourage the U.S. Department of Education to stand behind the Meatless Mondays movement, demanding all schools in the United States to serve meatless meals every Monday to work towards the health and well-being of students, starting from an early age. Promotional materials for this movement can be found at www.meatlessmonday.com. Sign the petition to support this inestimable endeavor.
Dear U.S. Department of Education Officials,
Please support the Meatless Mondays movement by demanding all schools within the United States to serve meatless meals every Monday to work towards the health and well-being of students, beginning at an early age, while reducing carbon emissions, water use, and fossil fuel use. It is shown that eating meatless, even one day a week, can reduce one’s risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer. Beginning to educate children at a young age of the importance of healthy eating can begin to be accomplished through the simple act of serving meatless meals in the cafeteria.
Stand behind the Meatless Mondays movement and protect the health and well-being of our children, and our environment. Implement Meatless Mondays into all U.S. schools.
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