Excuse Moo: Meatless Mondays (by Siri and Raima)
Project: We promoted having Meatless Mondays as it would benefit our climate. Industrial Agriculture was the main issue that we were targeting as it affects both the atmosphere and the biosphere. It increases the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere and causes massive amounts of deforestation. We launched a website that contains information regarding climate change (with infographics), the role industrial agriculture plays, the impact of vegetarianism and Meatless Mondays as well as additional recipes and nutritional information.
This project was the best one all year. We got to choose our own project based on our own interests which made it feel less like we HAD to work on our project but more we wanted to work on our project. We also discovered a lot of new (and surprising) information while researching our project.The figures for both CO2 emissions and deforestation were scary high, making the problem seem even more real (rather than something you just hear about vaguely).The most challenging moment during our project was definitely the negative feedback we received from our student survey. The negative comments and responses made it seem pointless to try to make a difference. We had to accept that we can’t make people change their opinions, but we can always try to educate them.
One of the most powerful learning moments during our project was when we had a meeting with Mr. Yamatin and Mr. Hussey regarding the logistics of orchestrating an event like Meatless Mondays. We now have a better idea of the challenges and needs that must be met in order to successfully implement our cause in the school’s cafeteria. This allows us to plan for any future endeavors while keeping in mind the realisticness of our goals. The most important thing I learned personally was that while there will always be some negative feedback, there will always be more positive feedback. Having a few loud negative responses tends to drown out all of the positive ones as we focus more on the negatives. The thing that got the most in the way of my progress personally was just the overall implications and change required to implement our project into our everyday school life. At times I felt discouraged and felt like I could’t make a difference, but thanks to my wonderful partner as well as lots of very encouraging teachers, thank you guys, we kept going and ended up teaching alot of people about our cause! We will definitely continue this on for next year as it is near and dear to both of our hearts (we are both vegetarian) and we do believe that we can make a real impact on our school and our environment. As a team, my partner, Siri, and I communicated very well, not only did we contribute ideas but laughs as well. As a group project, each member contributes their own ideas and thoughts, allowing for a better project overall.
When all of the elements of our project started coming together after all the hard work, it was definitely the most rewarding feeling. As for the moment when we were the proudest of our efforts, it was when we had finished presenting our project to the classes and had just received a massive amount of positive feedback. This encouraged us to continue with our project because people are open to the change of having Meatless Mondays.
Thank you for such an awesome project!
The Excuse Moo gang
Student Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/735ZTV3
Link to website: https://excusemoo.weebly.com/
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