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City of Berkeley Establishes “Green Mondays,” Goes Vegan One Day a Week

The Berkeley City Council has approved a resolution requiring city-owned and -operated institutions to serve vegan-only food one day per week. Berkeley is the first city in the United States to adopt such a program. The “Green Monday Resolution,” passed last Thursday, is the city’s latest initiative aimed at slowing climate change.

“Scientific analyses have shown that one of the most effective ways for a person to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions is to reduce or eliminate their consumption of meat and dairy,” states the language of the resolution, introduced by Councilmembers Kate Harrison, Cheryl Davila, and Sophie Hahn. “By systematically reducing meat and dairy consumption, the citizens of Berkeley can accomplish two objectives; substantially reducing our collective greenhouse gas emissions and serving as a model for other municipalities across the country and around the world.”

In 2015, the Berkeley city council established Meatless Mondays, encouraging grocery stores, restaurants, and other businesses throughout the city to offer a greater variety of sustainable plant-based options.

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Courtney Davison

Courtney Davison is Forks Over Knives’ assistant editor. A writer and editor on a wide range of subjects, she co-wrote a nationally syndicated advice column from 2016 to 2018 and co-authored the 2018 book Ask Me Anything: A Year of Advice from Dear Annie. Courtney is a longtime vegan and in her free time enjoys trying new recipes and spending quality time with her cat.

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