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San Fran & Washington Get Greener!

San Fran & Washington Get Greener!

Posted 6 August 2010   by Jesse         Permalink | 2 Comments

Tags: Meat Free Mondays, Washington, San Francisco, Sydney, veg, food, environment, global warming, BP, Gulf of Mexico

What did you have to eat on Monday? I hope it was tasty, green and animal friendly ;)

I'm happy to say that the people of San Francisco and Washington DC are being encouraged to eat green every Monday! The city councils of both these US cities have decided to beef up their environmental stance, by cutting out the cow (and chicken, and pig... you get the idea), and promoting Meat Free Mondays.

The problem is that most people don't realise that eating meat is about as green as hunting wildlife in an SUV! If you've watched Meat the Truth then you know that raising livestock produces more greenhouse gases than all the world's transport combined. Not to mention being a major contributor to species extinction, scarcity of water and all sorts of pollution. I mean, run off fertilisers and excrement from animal industries was killing plenty of wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico well before BP botched things up. (ever heard of a dead zone?)

So it's exciting to see cities encouraging their citizens to eat for a healthier planet every Monday. San Fran and Washington join the Baltimore school system, the original Hard Rock Cafe (in London) and the Belgian city of Ghent in promoting a meat free day once a week to save the planet. Sydney City Council also gave the campaign a plug last year (fingers crossed they'll join these others in officially adopting the initiative).

UPDATE: And now Cape Town has become the first African city to promote a meat-free day each week as well. Yay!

So, what are you gonna have for dinner on Monday? I think I might try this vegan shepherd's pie :)

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Sydney City Council Promotes Meat-Free Mondays!

Sydney City Council Promotes Meat-Free Mondays!

Posted 29 September 2009   by Angie         Permalink | 13 Comments

Tags: Meat Free Mondays, veg, food, Sydney, Sydney council, environment, green living

While saving animals doesn't often appear at the top of governments' agendas, it is starting to sneak in by way of "Green Living"! In a recent newsletter from Sydney City Council I noticed they are promoting Meat Free Mondays.

Meat Free Mondays is a global campaign encouraging people to help curb climate change by having at least one meat-free day per week. If you think this sounds like a great idea, then you're in good company! The campaign already has the support of Paul McCartney, Richard Branson, Moby and the head of the International Panel on Climate Change (ie. the guy who advises the UN on all things climatey).

Governments promoting vegetarianism really makes me all goose-pimply with excitement. And this story gets better! Cause Sydney's not the only city either. In May, the Belgian city of Ghent launched a brilliant initiative to urge the whole city to go vegetarian every Thursday.

If you think Sydney Council is on a winning idea, then why not write to your school/uni/workplace to encourage them to combat climate change too and adopt Meat Free Mondays. Just think of the lives saved if they do!

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