Known for directing films such as Avatar and Titanic, James Cameron has another blockbuster of a project on the horizon: a fully vegan elementary school. Muse School, a private elementary school in Calabasas, California, was founded by Cameron’s wife and her sister, and it will be offering solely plant-based meals in its cafeteria by the fall term of 2015.
Muse was founded by James’ wife Suzy Amis-Cameron and her sister, Rebecca Amis, in 2006. The school focuses on holistic education, cross-cultural education, and integration with the natural environment. As the curriculum also includes the importance of ecological stewardship, it just made sense to offer solely whole, plant-based foods to the students there. Last June, Amis-Cameron expressed her firm belief that people cannot claim to be environmentalists without going vegan, stating: “You can’t really call yourself an environmentalist if you’re still consuming animals”. Considering the massive eco-impact of farming animals for food, many would agree with her.
Although hundreds of schools across the nation now offer vegetarian options and many have instituted “Meatless Mondays”, this will be the first official vegan school in the country. A couple of others, such as Manhattan’s Peck Slip school and another in Flushing, Queens, are vegetarian, but Muse School will go that extra step to also eliminate eggs and dairy for a fully plant-based cafeteria. The school already has a thriving seed-to-table program in which the students grow their own fruits, vegetables, and herbs, and this new initiative will reinforce the importance of healthy living and eco-stewardship.
The director and his wife made the announcement about their school’s plans during Suzy’s 6th annual “Red Carpet Green Dress” campaign, which celebrates eco-friendly fashion and donates one quarter of sales proceeds to Muse School.