Berkeley City Council Announces, ‘Green Monday’ To Encourage Plant-Based Lifestyle

Berkeley City Council Announces Green Monday To Encourage Plant-Based Lifestyle

The City of Berkeley, after a unanimous councilor vote, has announced its participation in ‘Green Monday’ – a once per week initiative focusing on shifting people more towards a plant-based lifestyle.

Berkeley is proud to announce that they have joined forces with the environmental organization, Green Monday US, in order to become the very first city in the United States to implement this type of project in order to fight the devastating climate changes that the world is currently experiencing.

The new initiative will prompt Berkeley to provide plant-based food options at all publicly owned dining establishments and the councilors will be provided vegan dishes at their meetings.

Much Needed Climate Action

In a statement made by Green Monday Founder, David Yeung: “According to scientists and researchers, a global switch to diets that rely less on meat and more on fruit and vegetables is one of the most effective actions to counter climate change, food insecurity, water scarcity, not to mention public health crises.

“In fact, a plant-based diet could save up to 8 million lives by 2050, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by two-thirds, and lead to healthcare-related savings and avoided climate damages of $1.5 trillion.

“Our diet choice not only influences our personal health but also controls the destiny of the planet.”

Berkeley Initiatives

‘Green Monday’ is not Berkeley’s first foray into helping establish increasing sustainability.

Back in June, Berkeley committed to establishing itself as carbon neutral by the year 2030, in light of what has been referred to as a ‘climate emergency.’

Berkeley was also on the forefront of hosting vegan Earth Day celebrations this year and is also home to legendary post-secondary institution UC Berkeley who offers a course on sustainability and veganism.