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.
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:
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]
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 →
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. 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 email@example.com 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 Continue reading →
A 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.
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.”
From the Green Vegans perspective, wolves will be persecuted, suffer, and be genetically disfigured as long as animal agriculture exists. It is too large an empire that occupies vast areas of ecosystems, including public lands—our national forests, Bureau of Land Management lands, and some national wildlife refuges managed by the Fish and Wildlife Service. In addition, state’s also lease public lands for grazing.
This is an opportunity for vegans to strengthen their reasons for remaining vegan and also to share with non-vegan friends that wolves are being hunted down because the meat and dairy industries are incompatible with healthy ecosystems. Wolves are not only shot, there are archery and trapping seasons that states have established. This is not only inhumane, it is a lack of justice. Wolf hunts are not ecosystem management schemes; they are instead political and economic manipulations to protect an animal agriculture industry that is irrelevant to our evolution.
For the past few months, I’ve been posting twice-weekly excerpts from This Is Hope: Green Vegans and the New Human Ecology / How we find our way to a humane and environmentally sane future at the book’s website.
I chose this section of the book because it responds to the false assumptions and inaccuracies Pollan employs in his book; these are the most common misconceptions held by people who believe in the myth of “humane” meat, dairy, and eggs (see www.humanemyth.org). Since I do not post my blog regularly on the Green Vegans website, I ask that you subscribe to www.thisishopethebook.com.
And if you’ve not yet purchased the paperback using the Green Vegans link on the home page, or the eBook version from any online book retailer, please do so now. The book is the foundational document upon which the purpose of Green Vegans the organization rests. Though the book and organization are separate entities, a donation will be made to Green Vegans if you order from the home page.
Time is not standing still. Please get the book, read it, and then use its contents to educate friends and strangers about how veganism is required for ecosystems and us to survive. There’s more as well, but we need to raise the level of discussion about veganism. It is at the core of what comes next on Earth.
Just posted this last installment. It is essential we understand the neo-carnists who believe their support for smaller-scale animal agriculture will stop the destruction of ecosystems and create “humane” meat, dairy, and eggs. Included in this post are a few facts you can use while talking with others. Go to www.thisishopethebook.com.
We are at part four of sixteen in a series that critiques Michael Pollan’s book, “Omnivore’s Dilemma”. Go to WIll Anderson’s blog, www.thisishopethebook.com. This Is Hope: Green Vegans and the New Human Ecology / How we find our way to a humane and environmentally sane future, explains and documents the need for the vegan new human ecology.
We need to update the worldviews and policies in both the environmental and much of the species’ rights nonprofit organizations. Years in the making, developments in farmed animal policies (the “rotten egg bill”) in several organizations are misleading in their avowed benefits. The collaborations made by HSUS, FARM, Mercy for Animals, Compassion over Killing, among others with the butchers and retail businesses such as Whole Foods and the Wolfgang Puck brand is an environmentally bankrupt strategy and harms the impoverished people of the Earth. We will be posting a piece with the details and will urge you to share it with others. Expect it on or before July 22.
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