Paul McCartney and the Meatless Monday movement

Going meatless isn’t anything new. Vegetarians have been doing it for ages. But with the growing concern about greenhouse gasses and a correlation to this factory farm animal waste and methane production, the Center for Biological Diversity has been encouraging people to observe Meatless Monday with their Take Extinction off Your Plate campaign.

New Yorkers are particularly being encouraged to participate in this national and international movement. Recently New York City Council members introduced a resolution to make meat-free options more widely available and encourage New Yorkers to skip meat on Mondays. About 40 schools in New York already participate in Meatless Monday, including private, public and charter schools at all grade levels. Many New York City colleges and universities participate also, along with conscientious restaurant owners, such as Bill Telepan, Mario Batali, John Fraser and Marissa May.

The McCartney clan – Paul, Mary and Stella – are strong supporters of the movement. Paul even recorded and released a new music video about it.

New York isn’t the first city in the U.S. to adopt a Meatless Monday Resolution—Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Washington DC and more than 30 other cities have already adopted resolutions. But if the city council approves the resolution, millions more Americans could jump on the Meatless Monday bandwagon. Not a bad idea.

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