Your step-by-step guide to getting your school cutting back on meat, dairy and eggs!
A great place to make a difference is by starting where everyone agrees: the environment needs our help. You will find people are very receptive to reductionism (reducing rather than eliminating the amount of meat, dairy and eggs they consume) to be greener. This guide will give you all you need to help inspire your whole school. It has been used successfully in a school in Singapore. The change will take time so you have to be willing to commit to it! In addition to above, Yale-NUS ran a vegan week and they have made the resources public here to help you replicate its success!
This is because your initiative will be a project within that club. You might need to go through an approval process depending on how your club is structured, but generally you should be able to propose the new project. You might also want to invite others to join in and help you. The important thing to note is that you do not want to turn Monday into a plant-based Monday overnight. That may eventually happen, but your goal first is to simply educate and get people reducing on their own. If you try to eliminate all the animal products right away, students will resent the move because they don't have any "buy-in" to the change. The idea when you start this, is there is no change to the food options available, but you are simply educating so that students start choosing differently from the options. Changing the menus happens much later in the steps.
If your school is a WWF Eco School, this project fits under the Climate Change Theme in the environmental review where it asks if your school encourages reduction in consumption of meat. As a result, this project can be part of reaching the goal of being a Green Flag school.
This is where you will keep track of how many students have joined the pledge. It's a good idea to have at least 5 people sign it before you show it to the whole school publicly. This is because psychologically a lot of people hesitate to be the first to do something. So get some of your other green team members or the vegetarians of your school to sign first. You should then create an easy to remember short URL for it so students can easily type it in their browsers. One website to help you do this is http://bit.ly
If your school is a Sodexo school, they are very supportive of the initiative. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to seek collaborations with Sodexo on Green Monday.