Seattle Climate Rally Update

UPDATED INFORMATION FOR VEGANS AND OTHERS GOING TO THE SEATTLE CLIMATE CHANGE RALLY

Vegans, other environmentalists, organizations for justice and labor, and people from all walks of life are going to the Seattle Rally to Challenge Climate Change on Sunday, September 21. This rally is linked to a global day of similar events. It is a rare opportunity for the vegan community to have high profile media coverage for our message. The rally begins at 1:00 at the Westlake Mall Park in downtown Seattle. 20140907_184932 VEGANS are asked to show up at 12:15 to pre-event organize and meet and greet a few feet east of the Starbucks Coffee store across the street from the rally. Please bring your own poster board signs but leave one side plain if you want to tape on a Cowspiracy movie poster:

• Twenty Cowspiracy movie posters will be available to mount on your signs—a great visual and conversation opener.
• We will have at least two types of vegan literature specific to climate change for you to pass out or bring your own.
• At 12:15 to 1:00 we will meet at the vegan staging area, say hello to one-another and then ask for a vegan consensus about how we can be most visible as vegans at the rally. The “Cowspiracy” posters will be taped to signs here. There was a march planned for the event but we will get the final word on that after we attend an organizers meeting this Thursday evening.
• All organizations are encouraged to rally under your own identity and bring tables for literature.
• Green Vegans is asking for six people to carry two banners (made by Greener Printer). Please email contact@greenvegans.org for that or passing out vegan climate change literature. If we have your size, banner carriers will get a free organic cotton Green Vegan logo tee-shirt.
• We are looking for any original turtle costumes from the 1999 World Trade Organization (WTO) march and
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Vegans! Join the World’s Largest Climate Change Rally Today!

UPDATE: A large (hopefully) vegan contingent will be at the Bay Area climate rally in Oakland. Here’s their event page:https://www.facebook.com/events/521264274684672/

Vegans everywhere are preparing for these events. We are making sure that climate change activists include the vegan imperative. We and ecosystems will not win on climate change without veganism. On September 21, people in villages, towns, and cities around the world will come together in a call for action. In New York alone over 750 organizations and tens of thousands of people are gathering for a rally and march there as the United Nations convenes to address climate change policy. On the same day vegans in Seattle and everywhere will join them.earthspace

From http://peoplesclimate.org/march/: 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.

The Seattle rally will be at Westlake Plaza, downtown, Sunday, September 21, starting at 1:00 (changed time from 12:00). There will be a march to a nearby location that is TBD. All organizations, vegan and nonvegan, are encouraged to represent their own contingent with banners while individuals can bring their own signs. Use these links to stay updated on the activities in Seattle and also to find more events in the region:

http://act.350.org/event/peoples_climate/7857               

https://www.facebook.com/events/1446281475652868/?ref=br_tf

If you are not in Seattle, contact your local vegan organization and check for activities in your area here: http://peoplesclimate.org/march/

If you are happy to carry the two Green Vegans Banners (need 3 – 4 each), please email contact@greenvegans.org. Also, stay tuned for an update about where all vegans and their friends are invited to meet in a specific place very near the rally site. We will finish signs if needed and talk about how we can make the best visual impact and the literature you can pass out at the rally. Please bring your own signs as we may run out at this large event. We and other vegans/organizations will have free literature about the vegan imperative. Green Vegans, to reduce paper consumption, will hand out basic information on a smaller piece of paper that will include links to websites for further information. 

There will be tables with information and speakers who will focus the event. This is a great opportunity for everyone including those who want to make it clear that dietary choices must be part of the solution and included in the environmentalist response to climate change.

Said Will Anderson of Green Vegans, “Though there are many new lifestyle changes required for slowing climate change, the science is clear, none is more effective than going vegan.” 

Donations are always appreciated to cover our costs and fund campaigns.

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Join the World’s Largest Climate Change Rally Today!

earthspaceOn September 21, people in villages, towns, and cities around the world will come together in a call for action on climate change. In New York alone, over 750 organizations and tens of thousands of people are gathering for a rally and march as the United Nations convenes to address climate change policy. On the same day Seattle will join them.

From http://peoplesclimate.org/march/: 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.

The Seattle rally will be at Westlake Plaza, downtown, Sunday, September 21, starting at 12:00. There will be a march to a nearby location that is TBD. Organizations are encouraged to represent their own contingent with banners and individuals can bring their own signs. Use these links you can use to stay updated on the activities in Seattle and also to find more events in the region: http://act.350.org/event/peoples_climate/7857 and https://www.facebook.com/events/1446281475652868/?ref=br_tf

Organizations wishing to endorse the Seattle event should contact rodriquez00@gmail.com. For those attending for Green Vegans, email us at contact@greenvegans.org.

There will be tables with information and speakers who will focus the event. This is a great opportunity for everyone including those who want to make it clear that dietary choices must be part of the solution and included in the environmentalist response to climate change.

 

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WDFW Wolf Kill Update

downloadThe Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) reports that a government sniper has killed one wolf as of Saturday, August 23. They intend on killing up to four wolves from the Huckleberry Pack in NW Washington State. It is the State’s policy to allow grazing on public lands. In this case, the state has inserted 1,800 sheep into the wolves’ ecosystem. The department is looking for another ecosystem to harm.

See our previous post about contacting Governor Jay Inslee and WDFW. Updates on this action will be posted on the Green Vegans Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/GreenVegans?ref=hl

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ALERT: NW Wolves Face Imminent Death

iStock_000008330410XSmallUrgent Alert for NW wolves facing lethal response by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Call and email Governor Jay Inslee, Washington State first thing Monday morning, August 25th, or as soon as you can: (360) 902-4111 / governor@gov.wa.gov. Then call and email the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Director Phil Anderson at 360- 902-2200 / director@dfw.wa.gov.  Ask both of them why they are ignoring ecosystem health by allowing sheep to graze by permit on public lands—also known as ecosystems.

This is what WDFW told the public: http://wdfw.wa.gov/news/aug2014a/.

What followed was this: http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2014/wolf-08-23-2014.html . Remember, only veganism prevents this.  

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Vegans Rally In September Against Climate Change

BallardPeppersRevised 8/21/2014

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

http://peoplesclimate.org/march/

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 contact@greenvegans.org. 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 contact@greenvegans.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 through the global initiators—but for Seattle only. (Update: another organization or person(s) have posted that they are in the process of organizing an event, which is good. We are awaiting a response from them and will post another update when we have one.

 

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.

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Cowspiracy Documentary Premiers!

COWSPIRACYposterA movie with a message too long ignored. For organizations receiving this, please email your members and post www.cowspiracy.com to your social media sites. You also will see the scheduled tour at www.cowspiracy.com that’s selling out to enthusiastic viewers.

For Seattle:
FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 from 9:00 PM to 11:30 PM
AMC Pacific Place 11 / 600 Pine St, #400 / Seattle
TICKETS: https://cowspiracyseattle.eventbrite.com / www.cowspiracy.com

From the producers:
This is the film that environmental organizations don’t want you to see.
“COWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret” is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today, and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.

This documentary will be as eye-opening as “Blackfish” and as inspiring as “An Inconvenient Truth.”

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Green Vegans Whale Campaign Update


s_v10ag496skx0194_bPeninsula Daily News: “NEAH BAY –– Fifteen years after returning from their tribe’s last legal whale kill, some members of the crew of Makah whale hunters who led that hunt set out again into the bay aboard the Hummingbird whaling canoe Saturday.

…the last whale killed by Makah tribal members was in 2007, when a group of five illegally shot dead a gray whale….

…But the rogue 2007 hunt created divisions, Keith Johnson said, pointing out there was no event to mark the 10-year anniversary of the 1999 hunt….

‘Do you see the whole tribe here?’ he asked as he pointed to the three dozen people on the beach before Saturday’s commemorative paddle.

….Conservationists say they are pleased that it’s been 15 years since the last legal hunt.

‘We feel differently about the 15th anniversary,’ said Margaret Owen, who formed Peninsula Citizens for the Protection of Whales with her husband, Chuck, to speak against the tribe’s whale hunts.

‘There’s 60 whales that could have been killed in that time,’ Owens said.”

Read the entire story in the Peninsula Daily News: http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20140518/NEWS/305189969/makah-whalers-commemorate-15th-anniversary-of-last-legal-whale-kill

100_1801 Green Vegans board members have campaigned against this whale hunt from the start—ten years prior to founding Green Vegans. Two years ago we sent a three-person delegation (the only nonprofit organization self-identified as vegan) to the International Whaling Commission meeting (IWC64) in Panama where aboriginal quotas were up for vote.

Despite scientific evidence that two endangered sub-populations that are genetically / behaviorally distinct, the U.S. delegation did a lot of pre-meeting lobbying that ensured a no debate loss for gray whales. The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Agency is producing a new Environmental Impact Statement that may be out by Fall 2014. They have a monumental task. Research has revealed that in addition to the small population of 200 “resident” gray whales, the highly endangered Western Pacific gray whales also migrate through the same area where the Makah want to kill up to five individuals every year.

Though we are volunteers, reading these documents and staying up-to-date is an ongoing project throughout the years though we don’t post about it. We are reading this year’s scientific publications being considered by the IWC Scientific Committee which is meeting now. No decision has been made as to whether Green Vegans will attend this year’s main meeting being held 15-18 September, but it depends upon the newest science available.

Please donate to Green Vegans using our handy PayPal button found on every page. Eight days from today, May 26, marks the fifth anniversary of Green Vegans’ founding. YOU made that possible! While supplies last, we offer a free organic cotton tee as pictured above for every $50 of donation. Just include your shipping address and desired size in the “notes” section in the PayPal order. They run large and are high quality. Thank you.

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Seattle Dolphin Rally (and Putin’s Postcard)

20140214_131836The Sea Shepherd-organized rally was well-attended today, February 14, and included many who had been to the tragic “Cove” in Taiji. This season, they reported, some 800 dolphins were killed and others captured. See Sea Shepherd (www.seashepherd.org) for reports from many cities. 20140214_131244

Immediately after the rally, Green Vegans visited the Russian consulate in Seattle to present them with a “Postcard for (Russian President) Putin”. On it we wrote, “President Putin, Tear Down These Tanks”. The consulate was closed, but found we could slip our poster-sized card under the consulate door.20140214_132228 Images of Russian orca prisons and Putin reaching out to a dolphin will greet consulate workers when they return.

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