Steph. XVX. Freelance Photographer/Videographer.Animal Rights Activist. Spitting Earth. Bikes.Running.Climbing.Adventures. Music.


Jan 9, 2014
@ 2:32 pm
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Hello, internet! I’m currently working with Boston Public Schools to adopt the Meatless Mondays : a health, environmental and educational initiative which will save many many animals. All we’re asking is for the schools to omit meat from their monday dining hall plans and in doing so thousands of acres will be saved from deforestation and public school children will be healthier, to name a few. 

We’re starting the petition process as we speak. One of the most powerful means of communication is photographs. I will be photographing people with a white board with “I support meatless mondays in Boston Public Schools” (like in my cheesy photograph) and presenting them a photo book of a culmination of “visual petitions”. I’m asking for my friends, friends of friends, friends of friends of friends, etc. to photograph themselves, reach out to me, or reblog this post in hopes that we can gather a group of photographs from a larger pool of people. 

History: Meatless Monday was started by the US Food Administration to save money and resources during WWI.  Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health recently revived the program, and Meatless Monday has since turned into a global movement with a wide network of participating hospitals, schools, worksites and restaurants around the world. 

Why Meatless Monday

For the Environment:  In one of the most comprehensive studies on agriculture’s effects on the environment called Livestock’s Long Shadow, the United Nations reported that animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gasses than all forms of transportation combined and they urge the world to cut back on meat consumption.  That’s why every major environmental group encourages reducing meat consumption including the Environmental Defense Fund, the Sierra Club, Oxfam, The Nature Conservancy, etc.

For Health:  Two of the world’s most comprehensive large-scale studies on diet and health, The China Study and The Adventist Lifestyle Study, both concluded that reducing meat consumption reduces the risk of the number one killers such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and improved overall health.  Health organizations such as prestigious Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Harvard University, Physicians Committee of Responsible Medicine, and many others have encouraged a reduction in meat consumption.  

For Education:  Healthy bodies help create healthy minds and what kids eat in the cafeteria has far-reaching effects. In 2013, Public School 244, an elementary school in Queens, New York City, announced that its cafeteria is now 100 percent meatless — and it just turned in its own report card to reflect how its 400 students are responding to and benefiting from the all-vegetarian meals. According to school officials quoted in the New York Daily News, “Since implementing a meat-free menu in January, the students’ attendance, test scores — and even their energy levels and attention spans — have all notably improved.”

If you are localish, want to get more involved, or are down to send a photograph, feel free to message me here or via email at: 

Thanks and you’re wonderful! 

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