CONGRATULATIONS to 2018 3rd PLACE Eco-Hero Winner, Lila, age 16 from California, USA, for founding the Earth Peace Foundation!
Lila Copeland has been an activist all her life. In 2013 she founded Earth Peace, a non-profit in California dedicated to peace for all species and a sustainable future for the planet.
Earth Peace started as a way to go into schools and clubs to discuss the massive damage animal agriculture is doing to the planet, human health and the animals it uses for its profits. Lila soon saw that she needed to take bigger action so she started the Healthy Freedom campaign to get a vegan meal choice on the menu in every school in the second largest school district in the country: Los Angeles Unified School District.
Lila started the campaign in 2015 going out to students, district leaders, celebrities, plant-based food companies, athletes and medical experts to achieve a win in May of 2017. After two years of campaigning and community campaigning LAUSD ratified a resolution to put a vegan meal choice on the menu every single day in LAUSD. Every semester they are adding more schools until every school in the district is included. This will bring new knowledge of why eating vegan is the most effective way to curb climate change to more than 600,000 students every day.
Cutting animal agriculture out of our daily habits can massively curb climate change and stop the destruction of our oceans which is currently underway. The United Nations and NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration both concur that animal agriculture is the leading driver of climate change now.
Lila hasn't stopped there, she has already begun her statewide campaign in California to get a law that puts a vegan meal choice on every public school menu in the state every day of the school year.
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