Green group urges Filipinos to join World Meatless Lunch on Oct.1
“WE are supporting this global call for a World Meatless Lunch on October 1 to reduce meat consumption and help alleviate climate change effects. Filipinos, being one of the most vulnerable to climate change disasters, should join the call to reduce global meat consumption– one plate at a time”, said Frances Quimpo, secretary-general of Kalikasan Partylist.
The environmental political party responded to the call of Luntiang Lunes (Meatless Monday Philippines), through its founding chair Dr. Custer Deocaris, a neuroscientist and a DOST Balik Scientist, to launch a global day for a World Meatless Lunch similar to the Earth Hour launched several years ago. This World Meatless Lunch is set to take place on October 1 this year.
Kalikasan Partylist also urged Congress to pass immediately Bayan Muna – Makabayan Representative Teddy Casiño’s Meatless Monday bill, HB6311, filed last August 13.
The bill seeks to institutionalize Meatless Monday in schools, both private and public to assist our youth to acquire life-longer healthy dietary habits. The bill also seeks to develop and design plant-based meals with emphasis on indigenous vegetables available in the region that will meet the needed nutritional requirements of Filipino children and adolescents.
“We shall be joining the world and urge our communities to reduce meat consumption not only on October 1, on the World Meatless Lunch, but also in every Monday to give our support for a change in diet attitudes and consumption in the country”, said Quimpo.
“Going meatless for at least a day will not only give our people health and environmental benefits but would also provide lower cost alternatives to the high prices of meat products nowadays”, added Quimpo.
“This initiative go hand in hand with strengthening the adaptation of our vulnerable communities to the effects of climate change and addresses the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions,” she concluded.
According to Dr. Deocaris, nearly 45 percent of the Earth’s land area and more than 70 percent of the Amazon forest have been cleared for livestock and growing the crops to feed them. Estimates for the impact of meat production on greenhouse gas emissions reach up to 51 percent annually according to World Watch Magazine.