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.
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:
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.
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]
Green Vegan Owen G. sent these photos from the New York City People’s Climate March. Look for a new blog post by this weekend about what veganism demonstrated—and reminded us of—as we marched with so many other social movements.
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.
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!
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.