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Today in Day 4 of ClimateMama Earth Day Challenge. This article is also posted today on (Editor ~ R Montpellier)

imagesCAN3NUYL On Earth Day, we launched our first Earth Day Challenge, a full week of “daily” challenges, that gets us thinking about what we eat, where it comes from and why we need to be mindful about many of the things we in the developed world often take for granted. Check in with ClimateMama each morning to see what the next day’s challenge will be. Remember to have a quick family meeting at breakfast or dinner to discuss the daily challenge and see what the kids in your life have to say about it.

What did your kids think about “Meatless Monday”“Take Care of Yourself Tuesday” and “Water Wednesday?”

Today is: Try a New Recipe Thursday

You’re almost done with the work week; why not try something new? Our intern Michelle tells us that she “admires vegans because in a world that is slowly progressing toward abstaining from eating and using animal products, it is not always easy to get a salad over an omelet or a sandwich without meat.” Vegan food and markets are not yet nearly as accessible as mass produced meats and chickens. Refresh your memory and reread Monday’s challenge, where there were many reasons why veganism benefits the environment. Let your kids help you choose a menu for tonight’s meal, or make a plan for a weekend feast that uses new recipes. Share some of your ideas with us!

Ginger bread recipe
photo credit: Muffet via photopin


We are calling Friday: Foodie Friday

Plan for it and if you have time to stop by the grocery store today or tomorrow morning, pick up foods that are produced and supplied locally or within 500 miles of your home; if you aren’t sure ask the store clerk, grocer, butcher or baker. Maybe you know or have heard about a local restaurant that grows its own vegetables or prides itself in sourcing “locally.” If you don’t have time to grocery shop consider eating out at one of these special restaurants this weekend. More tomorrow on ideas and information about why the food that you eat impacts the air that we breath, our water and our climate!

Eating with the Environment in Mind was developed by one of our interns Michelle Aboodi. 

photo of Harriet ShugarmanHarriet Shugarman is the Founder and Executive Director of ClimateMama. She has spent most of her career working as a policy analyst and economist in Canada and later with the International Monetary Fund. Harriet was fortunate to travel the world and to meet many exciting, talented and committed individuals. She worked on most of the big United Nations international conferences, including the first UN Earth Summit. Harriet followed many United Nations environmental and sustainable development committees for the IMF, at United Nations headquarters in New York and around the world. She has a BA in Economics and International Relations from the University of British Columbia and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

In the spring of 2007 Harriet was selected from thousands of individuals across the country to participate in a training program conducted by former Vice President Al Gore and sponsored by The Climate Reality Project.  ClimateMama grew out of Harriet’s work with The Climate Reality Project.




Editor: Rolly Montpellier


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