JamesCameronMUSEschool
by Amanda Just
Categories: Animals, Causes, Environment, Vegan
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MUSE School CA is an environmentally-focused school in Calabasas, California, founded by Suzy Amis Cameron, wife of director James Cameron, and her sister, Rebecca Amis, in 2006. The students grow produce on campus, the classrooms are built with recycled materials, and solar powered elements are in place throughout. They’re about to sharpen the school’s environmental focus even more, though, with their next big goal: going completely vegan by 2015.

The school children already eat plenty of fruits and veggies, grown in gardens on campus with guidance from MUSE’s full-time, year-round gardener and educator. But Amis Cameron says, “You can’t really call yourself an environmentalist if you’re still consuming animals. You just can’t.” Hence, Amis Cameron’s walking the walk and talking the talk by moving the MUSE school in a plant-based direction.

The Camerons went vegan in 2012 after watching the documentary, “Forks Over Knives,” and now use every opportunity they can to raise awareness about helping the environment, especially through adopting a plant-based diet. Amis Cameron says that they’re already easing students, and especially parents, into the menu changes to come at MUSE’s cafeteria.

“Food is a very sensitive subject for so many people,” she says. “People have their cultural reasons for eating meat, their traditional reasons, their likes and dislikes. But slowly we are offering educational programs through MUSE, for not only the children, mainly for the grownups, because the children, they live and breathe [the environmental way] already.”

MUSE School CA also plans to go fully solar-powered in 2015, and their new high school opens this fall.

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About Amanda Just

Amanda Just is a longtime vegan who loves to promote compassionate living in fun, creative ways. As a writer, she has contributed to This Dish Is Veg, ForksOverKnives.com, and many other blogs, websites, and newsletters. As an activist, she champions many causes, from veganism and animal rights to environmental protection and human rights. Amanda resides in Tampa Bay, Florida.

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  • Bev Bailey

    Amis Cameron says, “You can’t really call yourself an environmentalist if you’re still consuming animals. You just can’t.” Really? Never mind freedom of choice and the ability to work out your own lifestyle based on your own personal knowledge and awareness of where our food comes from, I hate to think how much the environmentatlist movement would shrink
    overnight if you introduced legislation following that rule. If i were to say the opposite – that vegans and vegetarians shouldn’t be allowed to work at certain jobs – paid or unpaid – because of their beliefs I’d be shot down in flames.

  • EARTHLINGS

    Amis Cameron is right on point! I love to think how much the environmental movement will grow! There is also Climate Change that is real also. Can’t be an environmentalist and consume animals or their by-products. Fur is not GREEN either! CARE, GROW, EVOLVE!

  • beth aaron

    If children were taught to continue their inherent affinity for animals, rather than grow in po;ar conflict with that love because our culture’s economic foundation began by exploiting nonhumans, we’d be a safer, healtheir, normal species. Instead, the might makes right tradition of using power and force to take, conquer, prey on our own species, remains the matrix. What species but human is guilty of creating a “food” system from the animals children love and would NEVER kill or eat on their own? Ours! We are a crisis creating, crisis managment species and a vegan ethic of nonviolence is the cure.