Meatless Monday campaign aims to impact environment
The Palm Beach State College libraries are kicking off their version of a Meatless Monday campaign Feb. 3 to encourage people to refrain from eating meat on Mondays for their health and that of the planet.
The campaign, which is part of an international initiative, is being organized by the libraries in partnership with the Student Counseling Center, Panther’s Pantry and the Palm Beach Gardens Community Earth Club.
It supports PBSC’s Common Reader, “There Is No Planet B,” and runs through May 12. Through the initiative, PBSC students, faculty and staff and Palm Beach County residents are encouraged to make their own meatless meals. PBSC students will have the chance to pick up free boxes of food ingredients to use when making their meal. Once participants create the dish, they are then encouraged to share the recipe with others at www.palmbeachstate.edu/meatless-mondays.
“Each of us are small drops on this vast planet, but if we work together we can become an unstoppable wave of change—good or bad,” said Bernard Harrigan, vice president of PBSC’s Community Earth Club. “My hope is that through these efforts like Meatless Mondays, we can jumpstart that flow of change in the right direction.”
According to the campaign, a low-carb, vegan or plant-based diet can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, boost your immunity, reduce animal cruelty, help reduce world hunger and lower your grocery bill.
PBSC students can book a time to pick up an ingredient box on the website. There will be free copies of the Common Reader to the first 100 people who pick up boxes at the Lake Worth campus and to the first 25 people who pick up boxes at the Belle Glade campus.
Students who share their recipe will be entered into a drawing for prizes, including a $100 Publix gift card. Winners will be drawn at random times throughout the campaign and notified by email.
The idea for Meatless Monday was first introduced during World War I as a way to reduce consumption to help the war effort and was revived in 2003 as a nonprofit public health initiative. Today, Meatless Monday is supported by millions of people in over 40 countries and is backed in science and research by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for a Livable Future.