Community Journal Post Submitted by: Linda Ortman, Member of CNA’s Living Green in Creston Committee
Living Green in Creston had is first Meatless Monday Potluck of 2020 on January 6 at the Creston Church on Spencer NE.
About 40 neighbors ranging from infants to seniors came to share meatless or plant-based dishes and lots of good fellowship. This month’s potluck had some really great food! Mushroom stew, bean loaf, chickpea curry over rice, pulled jack fruit, sweet potato black bean salad, focaccia bread, fruit salad, pasta salad, banana bread, meatballs, twice baked sweet potatoes and much more.
The group consisted of regulars and newcomers. Since everyone is welcome, we are happy when new neighbors find out about us. The conversations are lively and informative. Hopefully people are making new friends and connections.
Our Living Green group started the meatless potlucks as a way of reducing our individual carbon footprints. Cutting out animal products has been shown to be the most effective thing an individual can do to help the climate of the earth.
Meatless Monday was started during WWI to help the war effort and again during WWII. It was revived in 2003 by health advocate Sid Lerner and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center For a Livable Future. It was started as a public health awareness campaign to address the prevalence of preventable illnesses associated with meat consumption. The message is that cutting meat out of one day a week cut out is a way for individuals to do something good for themselves and the planet.
Since 2003, it has grown into a global movement powered by participating individuals, hospitals, schools, worksites, and restaurants around the world.
The New York Times reported that meat and dairy account for about 14.5% of greenhouse gases which is about the same as all the cars, trucks, planes, and ships combined in the world today. Newsweek reports that one meatless meal a week would reduce individuals greenhouse gases by about 156 pounds a year.
We plan to have one potluck a season. Next potlucks are scheduled for April 6, July 6, and October 5 all at the Creston Church.
Everyone is welcome!!!