“We Are Still In”: Meatless Monday Stands with the Coalition to Include Food in Climate Action Conversation

December 5th, 2017


An open letter extolling the values of including food in the ongoing conversation about climate change is making the rounds on Medium, and Meatless Monday plays an important role. More cities and counties on the local level in the United States have taken charge on supporting the goals of the Paris Climate Accords to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Specifically mentioned is how the rise of meat and dairy consumption has a major impact on the climate – 14.5 percent of the world’s entire greenhouse emissions. The letter cites Meatless Monday as a strategy to reduce this impact, asking local municipalities to consider adopting Meatless Mondays in their communities.

Food is rarely part of the climate change conversation, and this letter marks a positive turn for campaigns such as Meatless Monday that have been spreading the message that about reducing meat consumption and the large role it can play a big part in healing the environment. While many people are aware that a plant-based diet is good for the physical health of people, the fact that reducing meat consumption can lower our carbon footprint is mentioned far less often. Demand for meat and dairy is only projected to grow unless communities on the local level start the building the momentum to promote meat reduction. Action has been taken, but more cities and communities need to get onboard to make an even bigger impact.

“Cities and counties have led on climate action — by making buildings energy-efficient, increasing electric vehicles in city fleets, and sending less waste to landfills — but all these efforts won’t be sufficient to halt climate change if we do not also significantly slash emissions embedded in the food we eat. As a major meat-eating country consuming more than twice the global average, the U.S. has a major role to play (FAOSTAT, 2013).”

This letter, which was co-signed by Meatless Monday and dozens of other esteemed organizations, explicitly states the need for us to reduce meat and dairy consumption in order to benefit the environment. It also cites the 16 cities that have adopted policies that steer people towards more “healthy, climate-friendly food.”

Several cities and communities have seen Meatless Monday prove successful with their citizens. To learn more about how you can bring Meatless Monday to your community, visit the community page on our web site to find all the tools you need to start a campaign.