“Meat Free Mondays is a great idea though I live meat free every day. Being vegetarian is good for your body, good for the planet and a peace and loving thing to do.”
For all his many creative successes, Ringo is and always will be first and foremost a musician, a drummer. Throughout his career Ringo has received nine GRAMMY® Awards, and has twice been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — first as a Beatle and then as solo artist. Between 1970 and 2020, Ringo has released 20 solo studio records. He has acted in over 15 films, received an Academy Award®, and has been nominated as an actor for an Emmy®. Ringo has published three books; had a stint as a male fashion model, and that same year went behind the lens as the photographer for some Foo Fighters’ PR photos. In 2018 he was knighted at Buckingham Palace for his services to music. He is also a visual artist, having had numerous exhibitions of his work and in November 2019 his Peace and Love sculpture was installed in Beverly Hills Parks in Los Angeles California.
The Good4All Experience
“We decided to try Meat Free Monday together as this one practice has an AMAZING impact on personal and planetary health. We thought it would be fun to share recipes, encouragement, and photos of our meatless masterpieces. That led to adding three more goodwill practices to positively impact spirit, mind, body and planet … and The Good4All Experience was born!”
The Good4All Experience (G4A), is a volunteer-fuelled, grass-roots campaign that encourages people within an existing group or friendship circle to embrace four new positive practices that foster a healthy mind, body, spirit and planet. The suggested first cornerstone activity is Meat Free Monday and the remaining three practices are individually selected from The List, an ever-growing collection of suggestions for positive changes.
“I started getting into vegan food through Meat Free Monday. Everyone was doing Meat Free Monday and I wondered what it was all about. I genuinely started to feel better. Tuesday was a good day for me – I just used to wake up feeling really sprightly! I know everyone says it and it sounds really cliché but I do – I wake up in the morning and I feel good.”
As an Instagram chef, Miguel Barclay’s dishes always look amazing, but what has caused such a buzz is the fact that they all cost less than £1 per person! From his kitchen in Camden, Miguel is constantly experimenting with breaking down recipes and coming up with innovative new £1 creations. Through his One Pound Meals phenomenon, Miguel gives you the confidence and motivation to change the way you cook for ever.
Roxy and Ben, So Vegan
“Organisations such as Meat Free Monday are absolutely crucial when it comes to combating the climate crisis. We’re big believers in encouraging people to take small steps towards a healthier plant-based diet, which we know can have a hugely positive impact on the environment.”
Roxy Pope and Ben Pook are the creators of SO VEGAN, one of the world’s leading vegan food platforms with a growing community of over 1.5 million followers. Their mission is to make it easier for everyone to eat more plants, so that people and the planet can thrive. Their second cookbook One Pot Vegan is out now.
“It’s a great initiative and an opportunity for us to really reduce meat consumption that not only saves our lives but saves our planet. Let’s continue to move towards a Meat Free Monday!”
Eric Adams is the Brooklyn Borough President having previously served three terms in the New York State Senate and 22 years in the New York City Police Department. After being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2016, he adopted a plant-based diet and successfully reversed his diabetes.
“We know that this is THE most important thing we can do to save our earth, and it’s also the best thing we can do for our health. Plus it’s so yummy! Join me on this adventure of plant-based living and please be meat-free Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and if you can only do Monday we’ll be OK with that too. The more the merrier, thank you!”
Alicia is best known for her generation-defining role in Clueless and other amazing performances in American Woman, Book Club, and The Killing of a Sacred Deer. Alicia is a dedicated activist in the wellness space and has chronicled her journey towards a more conscious way of eating in her New York Times bestseller, “The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet” and her second book, “The Kind Mama.” Alicia co-created the mykind Organics vitamin line. Her website, thekindlife.com, is a platform for health and eco-living.
“I grew up in the ‘meat and two veg’ era but there’s so much more choice now in terms of plant-based food – it’s far more exciting on the plate! I’m consciously reducing how much meat I eat, and that’s no bad thing for the planet and all of us living on it.”
After almost three decades as one of the country’s favourite TV chefs, Ainsley Harriott has become something of a national institution. In 2020 he was delighted to be awarded an MBE for his services to broadcasting and the culinary arts. Best known for his twenty-one series’ of Ready, Steady, Cook, and with many solo primetime cooking series under his belt, including the ITV hit Ainsley’s Mediterranean Cookbook, he has become the master of fresh, fun, accessible cuisine.
“Reducing our meat intake is such a great thing to do to preserve our planet and the animals we share it with.”
Nile Rodgers is a Grammy-winning composer, producer, arranger and guitarist. Nile’s work in the CHIC Organization and his productions for artists like David Bowie, Diana Ross, and Madonna have sold over 500 million albums and 75 million singles worldwide.
“Thank you for inspiring the way I live my life now. Even if you’re not veggie, vegan or plant-based, reducing our meat and dairy consumption, even for just one day a week, has a positive impact on our planet, the animals we share it with and our own personal health.”
Gabrielle Aplin is a chart-topping UK pop star and a prominent figure in promoting positivity and wellbeing. Her new album Dear Happy celebrates freedom, healthy living and looking after the body and mind while rediscovering the joy in everyday life. Gabrielle is an ambassador for plant-based living; with a vegan cookery series on YouTube called #FoodWithFriends and a vegan clothing range with British clothing retailer H&M.
Preston Manor All-Through Co-operative Trust School
“This is our tenth successful year of running the programme and our vegetarian and vegan options have become ever more creative and popular. During these unprecedented times, a healthier and more sustainable option is more important than ever for our young people. So onwards and upwards for Meat Free Monday!” – Andy Ward
Andy Ward is Assistant Headteacher at Preston Manor All-Through Co-operative Trust School.