Peoples’ Climate Mobilization

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UPDATE Spring 2017: Green Vegans and other vegan organizations will be marching in the next Global Peoples Climate Mobilization on March 29, 2017 in Seattle. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for updates. If you are going to be marching in Washington DC and would like to carry the Green Vegans banner with at least six others willing to help, email contact@greenvegans.org.

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Vegan Visibility Is A Success At Climate March

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009As 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.

073As 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!

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A Green Vegans View of the People’s Climate March

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Ben White, head turtle, WTO March in Seattle, 1999.

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

Seattle Vegans Climate March Final Update

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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

Seattle Climate Rally Update

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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!

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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.” 

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Join the World’s Largest Climate Change Rally Today!

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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.

 

Vegans Rally In September Against Climate Change

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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.