March on UW Animal Lab – Success!

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The march against the University of WashingtoDSCN4137n’s new underground animal abuse lab today was a resounding success. The lab construction has not broken ground (see photos). Several hundred animal advocates marched throughout the UW campus, to the Skanska construction lab site, down major arterial streets and back to the campus. Thank you (vegan) Pizza Pi for all the free, hot pizza you passed out along the march route.

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ATTN: Public Meetings / Makah Whaling

Reminder: There are two public meetings regarding the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) about the Makah tribe’s effort to kill gray whales. The public will have the opportunity to provide written and oral comments on the DEIS at these meetings but we recommend you wait on submitting written comments (last day to submit is June 11) until we and other organizations complete our review of the DEIS.        iStock_000010548185XSmall

For the meetings: UPDATE – Green Vegans will post talking points here no later than Sunday evening, April 26, a day later than previously stated. We will also provide links to other organizations that have talking points. Note that time given to speak varies with the number of people wanting to talk and is likely to be fewer than four – five minutes.

In Seattle – April 27, 2015, 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m., NOAA Western Regional Center, Building 9 (Kelly C. Sandy III Auditorium), 7600 Sand Point Way NE., Seattle, WA 98115. YOU MUST REGISTER TO ATTEND for security reasons. Email to this address makah2015deis.wcr@noaa.gov your first and last name. Indicate if you are affiliated with an organization and and if you wish to speak. There is a security gate so you must show identification.
In Port Angeles – April 29, 2015, 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m., Vern Burton Memorial Community Center, 308 East 4th Street, Port Angeles, WA. It appears there is no registration or security requirement here. If you have questions, use the above email address.

Links to relevant federal documents and information on past DEIS comments are found here. Save it for reference and read the DEIS as you can. It’s nearly a thousand pages.

Comments Needed Now-Protect Birds from Drones

Alert! Comments Needed Now to Protect Birds and Ecosystems From Drones
Background: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has begun to update regulations on the operation of drones. What they do now will set the stage on how much or how little birds, wildlife, people, and ecosystems will be protected from the hundreds of thousands to over a million drones that will soon fill the air. The FAA has excused itself from any environmental reviews but is taking comments on its proposed rulemaking.

This QR X350 PRO drone is being sold on Amazon's "Drone Store."

This QR X350 PRO drone is being sold on Amazon’s “Drone Store.”

Green Vegans has sent them seven pages of comments. They are far more detailed than needed for yours. The deadline for electronic submission is midnight, April 24. This is the FAA page relevant to the issue but you do not need to study it. Green Vegans has done that for you. This is the page where you  submit your comments. Click on the blue “comment now” button. Use the talking points below.

Wildlife, ecosystems, and people will be heavily impacted as the number of drones increases. We need vegan environmentalists to be visible advocates immediately.

The FAA thinks it can get away with ignoring the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) because it is addressing one class of drones and not the others until later. However, NEPA requires federal agencies to look at cumulative environmental impacts. Our goal is to get the FAA to first conduct an Environmental Assessment and then an Environmental Impact Statement under NEPA.

Cut and paste, or write in your own words these comments:
• Vegan environmentalists understand the consequences of human behavior and agency decisions that destroy ecosystems and accelerate the loss of biodiversity. Our response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for the Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), docket number FAA-2015-0150 is that the FAA must conduct an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) under NEPA before proceeding further.
• According to Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Service Demand 2015 – 2035 Literature Review & Projections of Future Usage, “… the following are projections of UAS fleet size by user in 2035: Department of Defense ~14,000, with additional ~5,000 having optional pilot augmentation (Air Force ~3,500; Navy + Marines ~2,500; Army ~10,000); Public Agencies (Federal, State, & Local) ~70,000. Total UAS vehicles will approach ~250,000 by 2035, of which ~175,000 will be in the commercial marketplace.” Significant is the fact that these figures do not include the far larger number of users in the model/hobby UAS category. Amazon.com is reportedly selling ten thousand drones per month.
• The FAA decision to categorically exclude NPRM FAA-2015-0150 from the NEPA statutory requirements by implementing FAA Order 1050.1E, in paragraph 312f, is arbitrary and capricious.
• I refer the FAA to the following extraordinary circumstances under paragraph 304 that are being created by new Unmanned Aircraft Systems/drone technology and the flood of these aircraft predicted to fly in the National Air Space for all classes—public, civil, and model. Their environmental impacts by each class and cumulatively on the human environment include, as listed under paragraph 304: 304c. An impact on natural, ecological…or scenic resources of Federal, Tribal, State, or local significance; 304d. Cause a division or disruption of an established [human] community,…; 304f. An impact on noise levels of noise-sensitive areas; 304g. An impact on air quality or violate local, State, Tribal, or Federal air quality standards under the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990; 304i. Effects on the quality of the human environment that are likely to be highly controversial on environmental grounds; 304k. Likely to directly, indirectly, or cumulatively create a significant impact on the human environment….
• The FAA is committing to actions before obtaining the clarity, data, and broadened public examination of the issues that can be created only through implementing NEPA.
• This FAA regulatory action is controversial and extraordinary in that it unleashes impacts upon ecosystems and the human environment across the nation without an examination of the extraordinary circumstances we have cited per paragraph 304.
• Drones/UAS will provide substantial benefits and advantages for protecting ecosystems and human well-being. Nevertheless, they must be used as tools appropriately and in numbers that will not erase birds from the sky nor create social and environmental harms to the humans below. Their new and unique presence and characteristics are precedent-setting. What must stop is the increasing numbers of UAS—public, civil, and model drones—being allowed to fly without appropriate NEPA examination and social approval.

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Vegan Environmentalist Identity Campaign

While the world too slowly awakens to the environmental necessity of global veganism, vegans now must become highly visible advocates for ecosystems and all species. We must do what mainstream environmental organizations are failing to act on: advocate for the solutions that only vegan lifestyles and a consistent philosophy of justice and nonviolence can accomplish. Veganism is required to stop our destroying the planet and biodiversity, slow global warming, and address human poverty.

Vegans have a unique opportunity to reform environmentalism with our visible advocacy. To that end, Green Vegans will serve as a resource to vegan environmentalists. globe_west_2048

Green Vegans is the first organization to comment on state plans to kill wolves from a vegan human ecology (explained on our “about” pages). We were the first organization to be clearly identified as vegan at the last International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting in Panama as whale advocates. You can image our joy as the three of us, experienced IWC veterans, introduced ourselves as Green Vegans at meetings and in lobbying conversations with state department level representatives—IWC commissioners from dozens of countries. The vegan environmental movement can only grow. Our goal now is to enable you to participate and grow the vegan environmental movement.

Opinions matter to us personally, but they are often not effective in changing government decisions on the environment. Government agencies are influenced when we provide new information, evidence-based critiques of their policies and proposals, and challenges to the legality of their actions.

Though environmental issues can be complex, Green Vegans will make it easy for you to participate. We will post campaigns and what you can do on our main Green Vegans page.

Green Vegans has been campaigning since 2009. Welcome to our Vegan Environmentalist Identity Campaign. This is your preparation:

We will post the first Vegan Environmentalist Identity Campaign here and on our home page soon. See our other campaigns by clicking on the “Campaigns” tab above.

Green Vegans Global Warming Flier

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Global Warming

Global Warming is a symptom, the result of humanity’s behaviors and decisions. Animal agriculture releases—depending on the study—18 to 51% of the greenhouse gasses (GHGs) that cause global warming. Why, then is it not important to environmentalists to oppose animal agriculture? It also destroys ecosystems, causes disease outbreaks, wounds, death, dehydration, toxic pollution, oceanic dead zones and fear and stress in wildlife. When will the futility of a cow wanting her calf returned, pigs slaughtered by the millions, and the pain of wolves seeing their pack mates killed by aerial gunners be equal crimes in the minds and hearts of environmentalists? Veganism has the opportunity to lead environmentalism, not follow it.

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Green Vegans invites you to consider how we can heal the Earth. Veganism, along with other personal responsibilities, is the quickest path to reducing GHGs. It can be done virtually overnight. Subscribe to our website (www.greenvegans.org) to learn more about our clear approach to solving environmental problems and the need to achieve social and economic justice for people and a reduced human population through natural attrition. We are on Facebook as well.

 

For an in-depth examination of our advocacy, read This Is Hope: Green Vegans and the New Human Ecology. Order it through the Green Vegans website to create an automatic donation to Green Vegans. Related blogs are posted on www.thisishopethebook.com. In addition, be certain to see or purchase the documentary, Cowspiracy.  since it thoroughly addresses the environmental impacts of a non-vegan diet.

 

There are an estimated 21.7 billion to 50 billion “head” of livestock chewing on Earth. Animal agriculture accounts for 70 percent of global agricultural land used. Livestock graze 22 to 26 percent of Earth’s ice-free surface. When environmentalists (or anyone else) do not campaign for the end of animal agriculture they are ensuring corn and soy beans grown for livestock will cover the land instead of recovering ecosystems. This should be THE campaign of the environmental community.

Consider these points about animal agriculture because they are tied to global warming:

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Seattle Restaurants Vent Toxic Exhaust onto Public

Seattle Ignores Restaurant Air Pollution and It’s Threats to Human and Environmental Health

After an investigation and documentation of unregulated toxic air pollution coming from many Seattle restaurants, including Whole Foods* and the Nickerson Saloon and Grill, that cook meat, Green Vegans petitioned both the city council and the mayor’s office to address the problem. They have not responded, so we have alerted the public with a media release later today. Seattle is not alone as this.is a national problem. It is yet another environmental and health impact related to the animal agriculture industry and the violence waged upon sentient beings. DSCN3554

Commercial cooking of meat in restaurants and food markets produces toxic air pollution that is being vented onto—and inhaled by—people in Seattle, a city that lacks code to establish air quality standards and enforcement authority to the Department of Planning and Development. Green Vegans documented this pollution before petitioning the city council and the mayor’s office in early February to address the problems.

“Breathing in particle pollution can increase the risk of early death, heart attacks, strokes, and emergency room visits for people with asthma, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Particles are smaller than 1/30th the diameter of a human hair. When you inhale them, they are small enough to get past the body’s natural defenses. Ozone and particle pollution are both linked to increased risk of lower birth weight in newborns.”[i] Children are at far greater risk from pollution because they breathe more rapidly and inhale more pollutants per pound of body weight than adults.[ii]

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ALERT: Cetacean Captivity Bill in Trouble

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March 5, 2015

PLEASE RESPOND NOW

Immediate Help Needed: Keep Whales and Dolphins Out of Captivity

Who: All Washington State residents, any age. Young people who do not want to see whales and dolphins in captivity are encouraged to call when their parents do.

What: Contact your legislators. Washington State Legislature House Bill 2115 would prohibit captivity of whales, dolphins and porpoise for entertainment and exploitation. It is under attack and being blocked from leaving the Rules Committee which decides if a bill will proceed to debate and vote by the full Washington State House of Representatives.

When: Now. All bills must be voted out of the House by Wednesday or they die.

How:

  1. If your Representative is on the Rules Committee, call their office or email
  2. Call your Representatives who are not on the Rules Committee. If many people call their Representatives, your voice will flow to the Rules Committee.
  3. If you need to find who your Representatives are in Washington State, go here.

 

Please act now!

Drone Update: Suprizing, Worrying

Drone Update as of February 20, 2015

While the FAA considers Green Vegans’ letter charging they have failed to abide by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) regarding the regulation of drones, consider this surprising and worrying additional background. Drones will provide many benefits and can be a useful technology if used responsibly. Unfortunately, drones and their advanced technology are ripe for abuse that the FAA has too long ignored.

They are available to anyone with money, meaning there are tens of thousands of drones now and countless more to come. Hobbyists will continue to have more drones of considerable speed and size than all other sectors. Commercial drones, up to fifty-pounds and one hundred miles per hour if proposed rules are adopted, are and will be in the minority compared to hobbyist aircraft. Rulemaking for commercial drones cannot escape the need for an environmental assessment that considers the total number of drones.

3drobotics Rtfx8915 X8 Heavy Lift Multicopter Drone 915 MhzTaken together—and in individual instances—this many drones constitute a threat to public privacy interests, ecosystems and wildlife. With few exceptions, they are allowed to operate in public airspace. Hobbyists at present fly from ground level to 400 feet above—the approximate height of a forty storey building. The proposed commercial flight maximum is 500 feet. As we reported earlier, Amazon.com alone is reported to be selling 10,000 hobbyist drones every month. This is a new intrusion into human and wildlife habitats at a scale we’ve never experienced before.

Government agencies and first responders like fire and police services are making plans to increase their use of drones. And of course, amateur to professional hobbyists are yearning to fly where they want, filming, intruding on people and wildlife most often without any redeeming benefit compared to the impacts and next to no regulatory constraint. Continue reading

Green Vegans Petitions FAA Re: Drones and NEPA

FAA Petitioned to File Environmental Impact Statement for Drones

Amazon Reported to be Selling 10,000 Drones per Month

January 30, 2015 / MEDIA RELEASE

Green Vegans, a Seattle-based human ecology organization, has petitioned the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to implement the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) before it finalizes policy and regulations that would apply to commercial drones under the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (the Act), in addition to “model” drones used by hobbyists. “Clearly,” said Will Anderson, president of Green Vegans, “the benefits as well as the environmental and social impacts from drones are enormous. The FAA must comply with NEPA on this major action by the federal government that covers what will soon be millions of drones, most of which at not going to be regulated by the Act.”

This QR X350 PRO drone is being sold on Amazon's "Drone Store."

This QR X350 PRO drone is being sold on Amazon’s “Drone Store.”

On Wednesday, President Obama, relating to the model drone that crashed on the White House lawn over the weekend stated, “We don’t really have any kind of regulatory structure at all for it.” The White House Council on Environmental Quality was given a copy of the petition.

Total Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), as drones are called by the FAA, will approach ~250,000 by 2035, of which ~175,000 will be in the commercial marketplace.” Significant is the fact that these figures do not include the far larger number of users in the model/hobby UAS category. Continue reading

Donation Fatigue?

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Dear friends of Green Vegans,

Like you, I’m receiving many last-minute donation requests from worthy organizations. Some of the larger nonprofits are emailing me once per day in this final week of 2014. As founder (2009), I help where I can but focus most of my support on Green Vegans while using our social media websites and Facebook pages to let you know about the good works of others.

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While our mission seems overwhelming at times, there is no one else to help do it but you. Together we make hope possible. Year 2015 for many people will start in a few hours. Other traditions have different systems for tracking our time on the planet. Yet all of us are bound by our love of life. Our compassion compels us to be active in the creation of a better world and better selves.

You’ve made the right changes in your personal life. You inspire others by your example. And you donate to help us do more. Today we received a generous donation from Karen in Florida. It will power our campaign that, when successful, will make it easy for you to identify vegan foods for sale at food stores.

It takes everyone to move forward. Afghanistan, 1970. Photo: Wlll Anderson

It takes everyone to move forward. Afghanistan, 1970. Photo: Will Anderson

Green Vegans conducts campaigns in direct proportion to the donations we receive. Please take a moment and—out of all the requests you are getting—make a donation to Green Vegans now. Every dollar means a lot to us. Your gifts make our campaigns possible. We are a nonprofit, 501(c)3, all-volunteer organization. Help us make a difference. Simply click on the “Donate button on this page to connect to PayPal’s secure site. Together, we will make 2015 vegan green!

Thank you,

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Will Anderson