Yesterday, I promised an opportunity for VEGANS to be visible at international rallies and protests against Climate Change in cities around the world. Here are introductory links that explain it: http://peoplesclimate.org/global/?r=credo
The initiator of the national event is 350.org, an organization that refuses to acknowledge the role veganism plays in slowing, then stopping climate change. They and other organizations intend to create the largest gathering in NY City on September 21 (a Sunday) about climate change as the UN debates climate policy. The organizers have recruited a large coalition of organizations for that rally and march. However, they encourage other organizations to create independent events in cities and towns everywhere under your own identities.Yours is a grassroots effort of your own making.
This is a phenomenal opportunity for VEGANS to spread the message that veganism (not vegetarianism) is essential to get immediate results on greenhouse gas reductions, especially methane.
We have two options for these events:
First, you can organize your own event where you live if one has not yet been scheduled. If the event is your vegan production, please invite representatives from nonvegan organizations to speak about climate change and represent themselves. Every vegan should be visible by wearing a vegan tee shirt, buttons, carrying a sign, using decals and bumper-stickers, and displaying vegan organization banners. If these are in short supply, wear a green tee, use what you have and be creative.
Second, if you are joining an event already organized (a list will be posted here tomorrow) please be visible vegans as described above. Ask to speak. MAKE THE VEGAN PRESENCE CLEAR AND COMPELLING. This is a huge opportunity for vegans to educate the public and those reticent organizations that live in fear of the vegan solution.
In both circumstances, communicate: stay on message about veganism. Animal agriculture drives climate change, uses scarce water, and consumes the energy equivalent of countless trains filled with oil and coal rolling through the nation and world. Only people can stop climate change and the best and quickest way to do it is to end animal agriculture. Green Vegans will post talking points here ten days before the event and again five days before.
If you’ve at least a few vegan people, let the media, if present, know you are marching to the nearest meat, egg, and dairy market to get photos and make statements about agriculture and climate change. Lacking media, take photos of yourselves with your veganism on full display. This will be more valuable if you are rallying in front of grocers, including Whole Foods, butcher shops, and any enterprise that exploits other species. Send your pictures to email@example.com. We will post them on our website and Facebook page where you can share them with others through social media. Of course, check your local government for permitting or other requirements.
VEGANS are making veganism relevant to climate change and related issues. We have four weeks to make it real. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org today. We will help you to connect with people and events. Please share your plans and photos to Green Vegans. We will post them on our websites/Facebook pages/Twitter for all vegans to use. Also, we will submit them to the organizers who are fond of publishing event organizers on their international web pages.
From the main organizers’ webpage: This is an invitation to change everything. In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution…. With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we’ll take a stand to bend the course of history. We’ll take to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities…From divestment actions in Europe to marches against coal in India and anti-fracking meetups in Latin America, we will be shedding light on featured campaigns and local struggles across the planet.
Visible Vegans must be at these rallies to make certain the voices of animals and the impacts of animal agriculture in its creation of climate change are heard. THAT WILL NOT HAPPEN WITHOUT VEGANS BEING PRESENT.
As part of the Vegan Visibility Campaign, Green Vegans in Seattle has already applied to be a hub for an event though the sponsoring organization so we can report on that experience. You do not have to follow that method. You are encouraged to represent your own organization. However, Green Vegans needs $2,000 in DONATIONS TO CARRY IT OFF if we are to have a highly visible event. Fewer donations mean we scale back our presence to banners, tee shirts, and handouts.
Remember, you are free to organize your own events where you live. Make it happen in four weeks. This is an opportunity and challenge Earth and the suffering individuals from other species need us to accept. Organize.