New Human Ecology – Spreading the Word
“Human ecology” is not a familiar term to many people but it is uniquely useful to the Green Vegans mission. The definition of “human ecology” can vary quite a bit depending on which field of study uses it. We use it as was originally applied: it is the field of study of the relationships between human behavior and our environment. Just as our behaviors impact our social relationships with other people, individuals from other species and our shared ecosystems so do they impact us.
Green Vegans sees how easily we choose issues that are important or attractive to us—such as the plight of elephants in captivity and the wild, and hungry children—but must see and understand “the big picture” of how their well-being and survival depends upon our behaviors, our human ecology. They are linked by the same choices we make. For instance, human overpopulation is deeply detrimental to both while a reduction in human population and our choosing a vegan lifestyle are beneficial for both of them.
It takes willingness for Green Vegans supporters to help explain how they are connected, to help with our educational messages. Our primary tools are this website, our campaigns that serve to demonstrate the causes of harm to people and ecosystems alike, and references to blogs that give further insight and stimulate thought on all Seven Results that define success or failure of the human species.
It’s not hard to be advocate for Green Vegans. Start by studying the Seven Results and encouraging others to use our website. Yes, you can continue focusing most of your work for the greater good on a single or a few issues, but just be sure to tell others how seemingly unrelated human behaviors must be addressed if they want to see elephants and children survive human overpopulation, unsustainable economic systems, disastrous animal agriculture, and social and economic injustice. These issues overlap each other. Elephants, children, the impoverished people of Earth, bees, marine mammals and fish and mollusks—the entirety of Earth’s ecosystems need Seven Results, not one, two or three. So, join us and others to address the issues that define whether we and others are failing or succeeding to survive and thrive.
Vegan Environmentalist Identity Campaign
Being effective requires knowing how to comment on environmental impact statements
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 do: advocate for the solutions that only vegan lifestyles and a consistent philosophy of justice and nonviolence can accomplish. Veganism is required to stop destroying the planet and biodiversity, slow global warming, and address human poverty.
Vegans have a unique opportunity to reform environmentalism with our visible advocacy. Green Vegans is the first organization to comment on state plans to kill wolves from a vegan human ecology. 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:
- Tips for making effective comments on environmental actions proposed by government. This information holds true for federal and most state environmental campaigning: http://www.regulations.gov/docs/Tips_For_Submitting_Effective_Comments.pdf
- Understanding how the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) works. It is the foundation for environmental advocacy. You do not need to memorize it; just read it for context. Every environmentalist speaks NEPA: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Environmental_Policy_Act
This is an example of how Green Vegans uses NEPA as a tool for environmentalism:
The Environmental Impacts of Drones on the Human and Natural Environment
Drones will provide enormous benefits and but also wreak havoc in ecosystems and human environments if not used appropriately. There are next to no controls on “model” drones as the FAA refers to them. Green Vegans has investigated inadequacies found in the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) process as it formulates policy and regulations scheduled to be published in September 2015. Our findings revealed that the FAA is ignoring the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). NEPA is the foundation all of us depend on for protecting ecosystems, the nonhuman species living thee and the human environment.
On January 27, 2015, Green Vegans petitioned the FAA to implement NEPA in its ground-breaking regulatory effort over drones of all types. We received a request from the Council of Environmental Quality (CEQ) and office in the White House created by NEPA. The four-page petition is available upon request.
Be a Visible Vegan Campaign
This campaign is YOU, your friends, and social media contacts. YOU are a self-starter who uses personal power for ending the violence towards others and helping to stop the destruction of ecosystems.
There are millions of vegans and vegetarians around the world. When others see tee shirts, buttons, bumper stickers, and banners displaying the phrases “Vegan” and “The New Human Ecology,” it reminds everyone about what you believe in and why. It plants seeds in fertile minds, strengthens self-identity and resolve, builds a movement, and ultimately establishes a dominant cultural norm. The more visible the word “vegan” becomes, the greater the public will think about it.
Post the www.GreenVegans.org link in your social media connections like Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/GreenVegans?ref=hl) and Twitter (@greenvegans and #greenvegans and #newhumanecology) wherever you are. Be active, visible, professional, and a role model for the vegan new human ecology movement. Our motto is, “There is one issue, our human ecology.”
VEGAN FOOD LABELING
Green Vegans supports the vegan certification programs already in use. Once on the store shelf, however, many products not bearing certification logos may say “vegetarian” but it could be vegan or nonvegan. Green Vegans is proposing an approach that would take advantage of changes already underway in the food industry.