Writing Program Intern Joins Cool Davis
Cool Davis welcomes Annie Merritt! Annie is an environmental outreach writing intern at Cool Davis, as an undergraduate at UC Davis majoring in Environmental Science and Management with a focus on Natural Resource Management and minoring in Professional Writing.
Annie interned at the Center for Spatial Technologies and Remote Sensing (CSTARS) at UC Davis previously, where she was involved in a research project assessing the effectiveness of current prescribed burning and thinning methods in increasing forest resistance to drought.
In the summers of 2015 and 2016, Annie participated in fieldwork for research projects studying drought impacts on Sierra Nevada forests, experiences that inspired her interest in forest ecology, drought, and the broader impacts of climate change.
In her free time, Annie enjoys running, reading, playing pick-up soccer, and hiking and camping.
Annie will be working on the Climate Impacts and Environmental Scorecard content currently being developed for our website. Check out Annie’s first article!
Making Davis More Sustainable
Livestock agriculture is a major source of CO2: more than 14% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are emitted by livestock production. In fact, the five largest meat and dairy companies generate more GHG emissions than Exxon Mobil, Shell or BP!
Livestock agriculture is also a huge consumer of land and water. 27% of global land area is used for livestock production--that's about the 400% the size of Europe! Additionally, each pound of beef requires more than 1800 gallons of water (while each pound of pork requires 720 gallons of water!)
7844 Hamel Lane
Thursday, February 22nd
Discuss strategies and local action plans to reduce Davis's carbon footprint from meat and dairy consumption.
Some potential strategies we will discuss are:
Expanding the existing Meatless Mondays programs at UC Davis and in Davis schools.
Increasing the availability of vegetarian and vegan options in Davis restaurants both on and off campus, and making sure they are priced fairly
A tax on meat and dairy products. Revenues from the meat tax would either be rebated to consumers in the form of a coupon that can be used to purchase produce in Davis or used to fund programs to feed Davis community members in need.
Any other ideas you bring to the [vegan] table!
We will be serving delicious homemade vegan fare and an assortment of yummy drinks at the meeting. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more questions and to let us know if you can attend (so we can prepare enough food for everyone!). ... See MoreSee Less
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Cool Davis is a coalition of citizens, the City of Davis, and community organizations working to empower our community to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.