PRESS RELEASES | 2024

Solid Rock Community School Advocates for Environmental, Health, and Ethical Sustainability by Endorsing the Plant Based Treaty

(Tarpon Springs, FL – February 18, 2024) Solid Rock Community School sets a precedent as the first U.S. educational institution to endorse the Plant Based Treaty, aligning with its commitment to sustainability, health, and ethical living. This significant step reinforces the school’s dedication to environmental stewardship and the promotion of responsible consumption habits.

Solid Rock Community School champions sustainability, health, and ethical living with its commitment to environmental stewardship, wellness, and moral responsibility. This holistic approach addresses pressing issues like deforestation, water scarcity, and chronic diseases, highlighting the importance of plant-based initiatives for a healthier planet and populace. The school integrates ethical living into its curriculum, focusing on fairness, compassion, and social justice alongside environmental conservation.

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(Tarpon Springs, FL – February 18, 2024) Solid Rock Community School sets a precedent as the first U.S. educational institution to endorse the Plant Based Treaty, aligning with its commitment to sustainability, health, and ethical living. This significant step reinforces the school’s dedication to environmental stewardship and the promotion of responsible consumption habits.

Solid Rock Community School champions sustainability, health, and ethical living with its commitment to environmental stewardship, wellness, and moral responsibility. This holistic approach addresses pressing issues like deforestation, water scarcity, and chronic diseases, highlighting the importance of plant-based initiatives for a healthier planet and populace. The school integrates ethical living into its curriculum, focusing on fairness, compassion, and social justice alongside environmental conservation.

 

Michele Fasnacht, the Director of the school, emphasized, “This initiative not only educates our students about healthier eating habits, but also highlights the health benefits of a plant-based diet, including reduced risk of chronic diseases and improved overall well-being. It reinforces the importance of daily contributions to a healthier, more compassionate world. It’s about moving toward a lifestyle that’s better for both us and the planet,” she said. “By offering one plant-based meal a day, our school actively contributes to this vision, showing how small, consistent actions can have a profound impact on our health and the environment. This practice educates our students about the advantages of plant-based choices, underlining the importance of daily efforts toward a more compassionate world.”

In a notable quote, Shannon Blair, a spokesperson for Solid Rock, elaborated on the school’s mission, stating, “Our commitment to the Plant Based Treaty is not just about what we teach; it’s about how we live our values every day. The school has integrated a seed-to-table garden and an exclusive plant-based kitchen to support its mission, ensuring that our students not only learn about sustainability, but also live it through every meal offered at school.”

Lucy Monette, the school’s Humane Educator, expressed, “Our commitment lies in fostering compassion, empathy, respect, and a profound bond with our planet and its inhabitants. By weaving these values into our educational framework, we extend beyond environmental preservation, emphasizing the pivotal role our choices hold in shaping a world that is compassionate, ethical, and sustainable.”

Solid Rock Community School is taking its endorsement of the Plant Based Treaty beyond words, incorporating the principles of environmental consciousness and sustainable living into its curriculum. By educating students on the value of making eco-friendly choices, the school is committed to nurturing a generation ready to actively engage in environmental preservation. This commitment highlights the school’s dedication to not only environmental and health concerns, but also to fairness and compassion in all actions. Through this integrated approach, Solid Rock aspires to nurture future leaders who are committed to creating a sustainable, just, and equitable world, teaching the importance of ethical decision-making alongside environmental stewardship.

“Our endorsement of the Plant Based Treaty and the integration of an exclusive plant-based kitchen are clear declarations of our dedication to our students and the wider community,” Michele Fasnacht emphasized. “Through these actions, we aim to prepare our students to be thoughtful and informed individuals, aware of how diet affects not only their personal health, but also the well-being of our planet for generations to come.”

This initiative by Solid Rock Community School is part of a growing trend in education to weave environmental and sustainability issues into academic curricula. By supporting the Plant Based Treaty, the school aspires to encourage other educational institutions to adopt similar sustainable and ethical practices.

For more information about Solid Rock Community School’s sustainability initiatives and educational programs, please contact [email protected] or call 727-934-0909.

About Solid Rock Community School:
Solid Rock Community School is a forward-thinking K-12 non-profit private school dedicated to providing a comprehensive education that prepares students to tackle future challenges with creativity, empathy, and strength. With a strong emphasis on environmental stewardship, health, and ethical values, Solid Rock Community School strives to develop leaders who are ready to make a positive impact on the world.

Background

The Plant Based Treaty is modelled on the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty which Edinburgh endorsed in 2021 and inspired by treaties that have addressed the threats of ozone layer depletion and nuclear weapons. Since its launch in August 2021, the initiative has received support from 135,000 individual endorsers, 5 Nobel laureates, IPCC scientists, more than 1000 NGOs and community groups and 1000 businesses, including the In Defense of Animals, Oceanic Preservation Society and chapters of Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth.

The Plant Based Treaty has secured high-profile endorsements from celebrities, including Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney, who issued a written statement calling for politicians to support the Plant-Based Treaty. They said: “We believe in justice for animals, the environment and people. That’s why we support the Plant Based Treaty and urge individuals and governments to sign it.”

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