And now, it’s San Jose’s turn.
In what seems like a weekly event, another city is embracing the Meatless Monday movement. On June 3, San Jose, the 10th largest city in America, issued a Proclamation that officially announced their participation in the movement. Mayor Chuck Reed, Councilmember Ash Kalra and nine other councilpersons signed the proclamation to support San Jose’s “Green Vision to adopt healthier lifestyles, protect animals and reduce our carbon footprint.”
Meatless Monday is based on the belief that skipping meat one day a week is good for your health and good for the planet. And certainly these were the reasons cited in the announcement. “Currently, more than a third of all adults in the United States are considered obese, and complications directly related to poor diet from this epidemic cost billions to Americans every year in healthcare expenses,” the proclamation read. And further, “reducing our meat consumption can directly help improve our environment, as livestock is one of the greatest known contributors to our national carbon footprint.”
If you’re keeping score at home, these have been busy times for the Meatless Monday movement. From the Bay Area to Bolivia, it seems like more school systems, governments, businesses and individuals are going meatless every week. To keep up with all the activity, visit our Global Movement page and see just how far this movement has spread.