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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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It takes everyone to move forward. Afghanistan, 1970. Photo: Will Anderson
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A big THANK YOU to Veda S. for her weeks of work to pull the Seattle march together. Here are some photos she sent in. Tomorrow we’ll post photos of New York Vegans. It seems the images of Green Vegans marching there were lost in the huge crowd but we’re working on it.
The People’s Climate March was held at 2,808 events in 166 countries. Owen was our representative for the NYC event. He had this enthusiastic response.
“The march was a smashing success in NYC. I’ve never seen so many vegans in one place! It was actually a little chaotic though, there was barely room to stand before the march started moving, it took several hours to start moving, and after it did start moving we (the vegans) got separated. Were I to do it again, I’d try and organize the vegans to pause periodically to create space in front of our signs so that our materials/signs etc. were more visible.
I met up with Kip and Keegan [producers of Cowspiracy]. They had a large banner and there was a giant inflatable cow by them that read ‘I’m full of greenhouse gases. Do you have a steak in it?’
There were tons of creative and informative signs. Cowspiracy dvds were handed out and the film was promoted amongst the crowd where it matters most: folks who care about the environment.
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As forecast, the weather was beautiful and vegans were visibly plentiful at the Seattle People’s March for Climate Change. One of a reported sixteen hundred-plus marches held around the world on September 21, the Seattle event attracted a broad base of people and organizations. Everyone demanded action from our governments to move off of a diet of fossil fuels and onto a clean energy economy that provides green, living-wage jobs. As Green Vegans posted earlier, that message is essential but the majority of concerns and solutions were excluded by Climate March organizers in Seattle and elsewhere. Vegans made sure that everyone in the Seattle march saw that veganism is the most effective response to climate change.
As many of us passed out hundreds of pieces of literature to march-goers and passersby, others took turns holding four large banners and dozens of signs, many featuring posters of the documentary, Cowspiracy. This was truly a collaborative action by the vegan community. We took turns holding up banners and it didn’t matter which organization created it.
Twelve speakers presented their perspectives for about an hour and a half. From our position behind the stage and on the sidewalk, vegans stretched for at least fifty feet wrapping around the rear and sides of the stage. Our large vegan banners and signs were visible to the all of the rally attendees as well as the public on the street. At two-thirty, we merged as the vegan contingent into the main marching column that numbered some two thousand people, according to the media. We marched for a mile or so as traffic stopped and we delivered our message to the marchers on waterfront.
It was a great day as Seattle’s vegan community introduced people to veganism. We are happy to report also that additional vegans were demonstrating at the circus in Everett. Congratulations to all!
Tomorrow, we’ll have more images and a report of today’s vegan collaboration at the Seattle People’s Climate March. Suffice it to say we were visible!
Ben White, head turtle, WTO March in Seattle, 1999.
Green Vegans will be represented in New York and Seattle at the People’s Climate March. Our participation in two Seattle organizing meetings was welcomed. We were given time to speak, propose, and vote. It mattered little in the end because the strategy of the majority of organizations represented there reflected the lead organization, 350.org. It remains oriented to recruiting social-political justice advocates to forge a broader climate change movement that includes minorities, indigenous cultures, and labor. This will demonstrate the global character of the movement that demands change from the institutions of government and corporations, and through international agreements.
For the Seattle march, there is a focus on ending dependence on fossil fuels, creating green jobs with living wages, and taking the political / corporate institutions to task for their failures to protect both people and the environment. Broadening the diversity of the climate change movement, demanding a clean energy economy that creates jobs with livable wages, and telling the government and corporate powers to work on behalf of the people and climate are essential. However, there is not “one solution” to climate change as the organizing majority states. There are many solutions, each based on the transformations we must make in the way we live. Green Vegans was the sole vote at the Seattle organizing meeting in favor of including in the official event statement that people have the power to effect change through personal responsibility—the proven effectiveness of veganism and lowering human populations, for instance. We were told that the strategy of personal responsibility to effect change was a failed approach of past environmental campaigns. Continue reading
Judging from the increase in email traffic we’re getting about the People’s Climate March, vegans will be visible in Seattle, the San Francisco Bay area, New York City and many other places. Cowspiracy Producers Kip and Keegan will be in New York City with the vegan contingent (http://cowspiracy.com/). In Seattle on this Saturday night, there is a showing of Cowspiracy: https://www.facebook.com/events/736228076414969/
Seattle Vegans and Vegan Supporters
Green Vegans believes our purpose in Seattle on September 21 is to get climate advocates and environmentalists to acknowledge the power of veganism to address climate change. We will do this with banners, signs, educational literature, and conversation. Yes, there’s more to veganism and this is a chance to explain that, too. Green Vegans is helping to facilitate the vegan presence, but everyone is free to do this as individuals and organizations best suited to your preferences. Here are the essential points: Continue reading
Because we are finalizing plans and still getting new information, we are revising our final update for the Seattle and other Climate Rallies happening this Sunday, September 21. We will post that update on Thursday.
If you are coming as a “visible vegan” and will join the vegan contingent, please email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can get a rough idea of how many have committed to the Seattle rally. We will have signs both pre-made and blank. We encourage you to bring your own and identify with the organization of your choice. This is a collaborative event to influence environmentalists and climate change advocates about veganism. We have a great opportunity to be visible and advocate as we distribute literature. Green Vegans will have a few organic cotton logo-tees available for marchers at $20 or on a sliding scale that you decide. Thank you for your support.
Green Vegans will have a contingent at the New York City Peoples Climate Change Rally and march in addition to the Seattle event. On September 21, our volunteers will be wearing Green Vegan Tees, carrying our banners, and passing out educational literature in both cities. If you are going to the New York City Climate Change Rally and want to march with Green Vegans, email your contact information now to email@example.com and we will forward it to the volunteer organizer there (we want to protect his personal email address). As a backup, follow these NYC vegan marchers https://www.facebook.com/events/833245213355396/?ref=22.
Another Seattle organizing meeting was held Thursday evening. We’ll have more on that and news of a great development by Monday evening.
And please don’t forget we need donations now to cover the costs just for these two events. We have other campaigns in the works that need your support. You can see them under “Campaigns”. Ten, twenty-five, fifty, or hundred dollar donations are needed now. We are tapped out but moving forward knowing you want the climate change rally to hear vegan voices bring the vegan solution to climate change.
Vegans get the climate – food connection but I and others can tell you from being at the rally organizing meetings in two cities that only the organized presence of vegans at these rallies can make that message heard. Vegan visibility is one of the Green Vegans campaigns. Please support our work.
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