SUZY AMIS CAMERON
Let’s Create the World We Want to Live In
For 25 years, I’ve dedicated myself to learning all I can about the environment and its health. The more I discover, the more I realize that my health and actions are intimately intertwined with the biosphere. This has led me to want to do everything in my power to understand and champion sustainable values, from what we wear, to how we teach our children, to the food we eat.
3 High-Impact Actions that Can Cut Your “Foodprint” in Half!
1. Eat, cook, grow and buy plant-based foods often for a healthy planet, healthy body.
3. Raise your voice and vote for leadership that supports food systems that avoid damage to the environment, depletion of natural resources and instead promote sustainable, whole foods for all.
A noted environmental advocate, founder and mother of five, Suzy Amis Cameron is committed to the principles of sustainability in all aspects of our lives. In particular, she is focused on reducing our ecological footprint through plant-based eating. Ten years ago, she cofounded MUSE School to prepare young people to live consciously with themselves, one another and the planet. In 2015, MUSE became the first school in the country with a 100% organic, plant-based lunch program. With her husband, director James Cameron, Suzy founded and is Executive Director of Food Choice Taskforce, with a mission is to show the impact of animal agriculture on climate change and the environment. She is also a founder of Food Forest Organics, a people’s marketplace and cafe to taste, learn and purchase plant-based food in New Zealand, and Red Carpet Green Dress, showcasing socially and environmentally responsible fashions. Suzy has produced documentaries and serves on several nonprofit boards. As an actor she was featured in more than 25 films, including The Usual Suspects and Titanic.
Food Choice Taskforce (FCT) is focused on showing the impact of animal agriculture on climate change and the environment. Founded in 2014 by Suzy Amis Cameron and James Cameron in partnership with the Craig and Susan McCaw Foundation, FCT spearheaded the My Plate, My Planet initiative, representing over 200 leading environmental and health organizations, in support of the historic opportunity to link food and the environment in the 2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines. Additionally, FCT supported the first multi-country study on global diets and climate change by the independent U.K.-based think tank, Chatham House: Livestock—Climate Change’s Forgotten Sector: Global Public Opinion on Meat and Dairy Consumption and Changing Diets, Changing Climates: Pathways to Lower Meat Consumption. Currently, FCT is focused on communications efforts, a documentary and My Plate, My Planet Global.
MUSE SCHOOL, CA Founded in 2006 by Suzy Amis Cameron and Rebecca Amis, MUSE School CA’s mission is to inspire and prepare young people to live consciously with themselves, one another and the planet, from early childhood through high school. Fostering individual and passion-based learning, MUSE students achieve academic excellence, learn self-efficacy, practice the values of sustainability, and become compassionate global champions. As one of the greenest schools in the United States, MUSE was the first school in the country to have a plant-based lunch program, designated one of the “Greenest Restaurants in the World,” with 100% plant-based cuisine, 100% solar power and near zero waste. “MUSE School’s Kitchen has pushed the edge of sustainability from vision to reality,” said Michael Oshman, CEO of the Green Restaurant Association. “I applaud MUSE’s leadership in providing a successful foodservice operation that is in concert with the oft-used word sustainability.”
Red Carpet Green Dress was founded in 2009 by Suzy Amis Cameron to raise awareness of the devastating impact of the fashion industry on the environment. Amis Cameron seized the moment, with the global success of the movie Avatar, created by her husband James Cameron, and chose the Academy Awards as a launch pad for Red Carpet Green Dress. For six years running, the positive fashion campaign and design contest has challenged designers and students worldwide to create an Oscar-worthy dress and tuxedo using environmentally and socially responsible fabrics. Since its inception, the winning designs have been worn by celebrities, graced the Academy Awards and been featured extensively in the international press.
Food Forest Organics, located in Greytown, New Zealand, is a people’s marketplace and cafe to taste, buy and learn about plant-based food. A one-stop shop for farm fresh produce, grocery items and café food, Food Forest Organics celebrates plant-based eating and health in all its forms. Their primary farm supplier is Cameron Family Farms in Wairarapa, providing a selection of seasonal produce and handcrafted foods, many featured in the café menu. In addition to seasonal fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers, Food Forest Organics offer Manuka honey, olive oil, hemp oil, walnuts and more from Cameron Family Farms, even a juice bar. Grocery items include gluten-free baking supplies, nut milks and nut cheeses, dairy-free yogurts and sauces and specialty teas, fresh coffee beans, and gourmet chocolate. Ongoing events and classes will also be offered to the community.
The Day My Food World Turned Upside Down
Posted July 9, 2015 | 10:00 AM
You might think you’ve reached the pinnacle of healthy, sustainable eating when you have your own small herd of goats. For 26 years, I’d paid close attention to what I was feeding myself and my family, on a mission to ensure that the people I loved the most had the best nutrition and healthiest food possible. We purchased grass-fed meat and free-range eggs, enjoyed plenty of fruits and vegetables from our organic garden, and even had fresh goat yogurt from our well-loved goats….
Fierce Love for the Planet? Step Up to Your Plate
Posted May 7, 2015 | 6:40 PM
I grew up in Oklahoma, in a big, raucous family, with dreams of being an equine veterinarian. Yet at age 17, opportunity took a dramatically different shape, and instead of saddling up horses, I was walking down fashion runways in Paris and traveling the world. Fast-forward several decades to today,…
Protecting Wildlife, One Bite at a Time
Posted August 19, 2015 | 6:40 PM
When my children were little, I began teaching them the roar of a lion, the trumpet of an elephant and the playful call of a monkey. Wild animals captivate children, and like many parents, I found picture books and stories of animals to give them a better understanding of the world around them. As my kids got older, we started learning about things such as habitat loss, endangered species and extinction.…
Take Back Your Plate
Posted January 27, 2016 | 2:40 PM
Shocked. Disappointed. Disgusted.
I’m still struggling to find the right words to describe my reaction to today’s release of the new Dietary Guidelines for America. Not only do these new dietary guidelines fail to move us forward toward healthier and more sustainable food choices, I believe they actually take us a step backward…..
Why I Only Wear Green on the Red Carpet
Posted March 16, 2016 | 2:40 PM
I only wear green to the Oscars. I’m not talking about gowns a fashion writer might describe as emerald, chartreuse or seafoam. No, my idea of a green dress is an ensemble that was created in a way that is as good for the planet as it is beautiful on the woman….
Calling All World Leaders! Please Help Us Change What is on the World’s Plate
Posted May 12, 2016 | 11:40 AM
It is no secret that I am empowered by choosing a plant-based diet. Every time I pass by the meat, eggs and dairy at the market, I say a quiet “No, thank you.” I feel a rush of satisfaction that my dollars that day will support a healthier world—and that every single meal is an opportunity to do less harm and more good (and, boy, do I love opportunities!)….