As a school we are part of the global initiative `Meat Free Monday’.
Hundreds of schools support Meat Free Monday in the UK. The government’s School Food Standards recommend in the guidance notes a weekly meat-free day for all children.
Meat Free Monday is a simple, effective and fun way to help children become healthier, informed citizens who can contribute to finding solutions for a more sustainable future. Launched by Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney in 2009 (www.meatfreemondays.com), the campaign encourages people to skip meat at least one day a week to reduce their carbon footprint and improve their health.
Meat Free Monday is good for your health:
– Thousands of lives a year can be saved in the UK (and over £1 billion in healthcare costs) by people eating less meat.
– Having as little as one sausage or two strips of bacon every day increases a person’s risk of heart disease and diabetes.
– The government recommends eating five portions of fruit and vegetables each day for good health, but the majority of people in Britain eat less than three.
Meat Free Monday is kind to the planet:
– A third of all land on Earth is used for meat production.
– An area of rainforest the size of a hundred football pitches is cut down every hour to create room for grazing cattle.
– Doing Meat Free Monday for a year reduces a person’s carbon footprint by more than a whole month of not driving their car.
One day a week can make a world of difference.