Aims of the Project
"A lot of people go to the gym on a Monday. With 'Meat-Free Mondays', it's a bit like going to the gym, but with the added advantage of protecting the planet."
– Sir Paul McCartney
"Give up meat for one day [a week] initially, and decrease it from there."Welcome to Meat-Free Monday – an exciting cross-curricular global citizenship project!
– Dr Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Climate change, global poverty, increasing rates of obesity and substandard animal welfare are all issues that we can address right now. Meat-Free Monday aims to encourage school communities to reduce their meat and fish consumption in order to help achieve the following goals:
By participating in Meat-Free Monday for one year or more – and by using the PETA Foundation's free accompanying resources in lessons and assemblies – pupils will better understand how the choices that they make today will affect them (and future generations) tomorrow.
Please rest assured that a wide variety of meat- and fish-free alternatives are available and that all suggested meals will meet or exceed the government's nutrition standards and its other food-related standards for school lunches.
Taking part in the project is free. The only thing we ask of schools is to provide completely vegetarian meals each Monday. Participating schools will be provided with the following:
- A Meat-Free Monday pack full of cross-curricular lesson plans and recipes
- Advice on altering Monday's menus, if required
- Full support throughout the year
- An Environmental Impact certificate acknowledging the school's accomplishment at the end of the project
The greater the number of participants, the greater the impact that we will have!
If you'd like to get involved, please sign up here.