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
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
On 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
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.
We are still waiting to hear back on our “hub” for the September 21 Seattle rally, organized by vegans. However, this is a list of locations and their people. You can connect with them and form your vegan contingent or organize the event is it is not yet established.
…the last whale killed by Makah tribal members was in 2007, when a group of five illegally shot dead a gray whale….
…But the rogue 2007 hunt created divisions, Keith Johnson said, pointing out there was no event to mark the 10-year anniversary of the 1999 hunt….
‘Do you see the whole tribe here?’ he asked as he pointed to the three dozen people on the beach before Saturday’s commemorative paddle.
….Conservationists say they are pleased that it’s been 15 years since the last legal hunt.
‘We feel differently about the 15th anniversary,’ said Margaret Owen, who formed Peninsula Citizens for the Protection of Whales with her husband, Chuck, to speak against the tribe’s whale hunts.
‘There’s 60 whales that could have been killed in that time,’ Owens said.”
Read the entire story in the Peninsula Daily News: http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20140518/NEWS/305189969/makah-whalers-commemorate-15th-anniversary-of-last-legal-whale-kill
Green Vegans board members have campaigned against this whale hunt from the start—ten years prior to founding Green Vegans. Two years ago we sent a three-person delegation (the only nonprofit organization self-identified as vegan) to the International Whaling Commission meeting (IWC64) in Panama where aboriginal quotas were up for vote.
Despite scientific evidence that two endangered sub-populations that are genetically / behaviorally distinct, the U.S. delegation did a lot of pre-meeting lobbying that ensured a no debate loss for gray whales. The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Agency is producing a new Environmental Impact Statement that may be out by Fall 2014. They have a monumental task. Research has revealed that in addition to the small population of 200 “resident” gray whales, the highly endangered Western Pacific gray whales also migrate through the same area where the Makah want to kill up to five individuals every year.
Though we are volunteers, reading these documents and staying up-to-date is an ongoing project throughout the years though we don’t post about it. We are reading this year’s scientific publications being considered by the IWC Scientific Committee which is meeting now. No decision has been made as to whether Green Vegans will attend this year’s main meeting being held 15-18 September, but it depends upon the newest science available.
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The Sea Shepherd-organized rally was well-attended today, February 14, and included many who had been to the tragic “Cove” in Taiji. This season, they reported, some 800 dolphins were killed and others captured. See Sea Shepherd (www.seashepherd.org) for reports from many cities.
Immediately after the rally, Green Vegans visited the Russian consulate in Seattle to present them with a “Postcard for (Russian President) Putin”. On it we wrote, “President Putin, Tear Down These Tanks”. The consulate was closed, but found we could slip our poster-sized card under the consulate door. Images of Russian orca prisons and Putin reaching out to a dolphin will greet consulate workers when they return.
We’re hoping you’ve recovered enough from the many requests for donations typical of the holiday season. Now it’s Green Vegans’ turn. We don’t ask for much because we work efficiently and with focus. Here’s a brief description of the campaigns we are working on and those proposed. The Green Vegans board will decide how much and where we will focus our resources once we see your response. Please use any “donate” button on the Green Vegans website to use PayPal. You can also send a check to:
Green Vegans, 2122-8th Avenue N, #201, Seattle, WA 98109
In return we will email you a letter of thanks on our letterhead. It will also serve as your paperless receipt for tax purposes. Green Vegans is a 501(c)(3) organization and registered as a charity in Washington State. Our business license is through the City of Seattle. For the first thirty donations of $50 or more, we offer you a Green Vegans 100% organic cotton logo tee shirt, five bookmarks and either a logo pin or refrigerator magnet as a thank you gift. Provide your contact information so we can arrange free shipping.
Here are the 2014 – 2015 campaigns. Go to the “Campaigns” dropdown menue above to see the complete descriptions and updates from last year.
Whales—We will return to the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in September, 2014 (more on that below) contingent on funding. In addition, we will continue to work on behalf of whales in 2014-15 in these specific areas:
Green Vegans is opposing the effort underway to remove the North Pacific humpback whale protections under the Endangered Species Act. As noted in the U.S. Federal Register, “The petition was submitted in April 2013 by the Hawaii Fishermen’s Alliance for Conservation and Tradition (HFACT) and asks for the identification of North Pacific humpback whales as a distinct population segment (DPS) and a delisting of that DPS under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).” (photo Humpback whale / Will Anderson)
We are focused on two areas of gray whale protection in addition to our activities at the IWC: (a) Makah tribal whaling against a sub-population of 200 genetically distinct Eastern North Pacific gray whales. They are often referred to as the Washington/Southern Vancouver Island (WA/SVI) gray whales. (b) There is a seasonal population of 10 – 12 gray whales, the NPS gray whales, who forage in Northern Puget Sound for a few months and then leave, possibly joining the larger population south of Kodiak Island, Alaska. Their habitat is under threat from a number of sources and activities. (photo Gray whale / Will Anderson)
Farmed Animal Transport
Washington State transports farmed individuals from other species within the state and from other states. They are often on their way to a slaughterhouse or auction for slaughter. Sometimes, they are being moved to a different animal agriculture business to “finish” them off in a confined animal feedlot and fed corn, alfalfa, and other resource-wasting crops. Green Vegans is looking for volunteers to monitor farmed animal transport in Washington and Oregon. This is observation at a distance on public roads. Two-person teams are required (driving / taking notes on a form we provide).
Green Vegans has identified a specific product that uses countless batteries in public facilities. You’ve seen and likely have used them: the automatic paper-dispenser machines you often see in public restrooms at gas stations, malls, and stores in general. Those we have inspected contain four size “D” batteries. We are surveying the major machine-makers about recycling those batteries, and other options.
Active Opposition to the Incremental Welfare Reforms that keep animal agriculture profitable
Several national “animal welfare” organizations have taken incremental reforms to the extreme. They are funding production-for-slaughter agribusiness, and partnering with major meat retailers. They are humane and green-washing meat, dairy, and egg production and consumption. Green Vegans is actively participating in the growing opposition to this wrongheaded, environmentally unsustainable, cruel strategy. We and others are organizing to maximize effectiveness.
Meatopia Alarm System
You may have heard about an event called “Meatopia”, a multi-city event initiated by Josh Ozersky. The largest Meatopias to-date are in New York City (Hudson, NY in 2014); San Antonio, TX, and London, UK. During the past few years “Whole Foods” has been an active sponsor and participant. They have supplied the meat in many instances, while their store butchers are sponsored as contestants in butchery.The Green Vegans campaign will focus on the Whole Foods Meatopia events held at its store locations. Green Vegans missed the Seattle Whole Foods Meatopia on 15th Avenue NE by just one day in 2013. All that remained standing was the banner in the parking lot.
Using social media, anyone finding an upcoming or imminent Meatopia event will SOUND THE ALARM. You will tell Green Vegans and the local animal advocacy group if known.
Wildlife and Ecosystems Management Reform
Wildlife management and ecosystems oversight is within the jurisdiction of several state and federal agencies in the U.S. They are absurdly cruel and harm ecosystems because they serve a small minority of hunters, fishers, trappers, and the immense animal agricultural industry. Everyone who lives a vegan lifestyle along with the rest of the new human ecology reduces the excuses those agencies make to justify their wanton cruelty and lack of long-term ecological effectiveness. This will be a long, multi-year campaign that seeks to motivate other organizations to challenge the status quo. Here are our 2014-15 goals for this section: Stop State Agencies from promoting invasive species; Change Name and Legislated Mission of WDFW (test state, Oregon also if funding permits); Active Opposition to Bow Hunting / Muzzle-Loader Hunting; Wolves.
The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives are still considering “the rotten egg bill” that would condemn nine billion chickens to continued suffering. This incremental reform bill that would take up to eighteen years to fully implement would block everyone in every state from implementing better reforms and bans. Some major animal welfare organizations are pushing hard for passage of this legislation and have split the community with their radical strategy that denies all other activists the right to stop continuing abuses, cruelty, and killing. In 2012, Green Vegans campaigned against the ritual Kaporos in which chickens suffer. We will return to this issue for 2014 if the budget allows.
International Whaling Commission 2014 (IWC)
The next biennial International Whaling Commission (IWC) Meeting will be held 15-18 September, 2014 at the invitation of the Government of Slovenia, on the Adriatic coast at Portoroz. The sub-committee meetings will take place from 11-14 September. As in 2012, Green Vegans intends on sending an experienced three-person team for a week of on-site work. Of the three Green Vegans representatives, this will be our second, fourth, and ninth IWC meeting. This is our most expensive campaign. See our 2012 report for background. The biennial IWC meeting is a high-level, government-to-government convention that saves more, or kills more whales depending upon which side wins the votes. There are no other vegan environmental organizations represented. As a repeat, registered organization, Green Vegans has access to lobby the national delegations who operate at the State Department level. When they vote to save whales and create whale sanctuaries, Earth’s whales are saved. Progress in this forum is never easy. Though we will hold a separate fundraising event for this campaign, please pledge now. Most effective now would be a matching-grant donation.
Road barriers are the sections of concrete wall that run between lanes of opposing traffic on interstate highways. They are safety dividers for vehicles and their occupants that can stretch for miles without interruption. Studies about some of their impacts on wildlife have been contradictory. This issue is not getting enough attention. These barriers must be modified to allow wildlife passage. We have a proposal applicable to many places where these barriers are placed but first Green Vegans will need to update its library of studies. Then, Green Vegans will present a petition for changes to barrier systems to state and federal agencies based on those studies. This is about preventing pain, terror, suffering and reducing environmental impacts that include habitat fragmentation.
See our campaign page.
Birds versus Glass
This is an important issue currently on our website but American Bird Conservancy (ABC) is doing the best job of reforming, city by city, the architectural building standards that currently allow buildings to have reflective glass on their exteriors. Seeing the sky reflected on building exteriors, birds continue forward and slam into the hard surface, falling to their deaths. Hundreds of millions, perhaps a billion birds in North America alone are killed by reflective building exteriors. A related issue is urban lighting that attracts and confuses migrating birds. From a past conversation, ABC was interested in Green Vegan’s help for Seattle but we didn’t have the funds to follow through. We will be contacting them for a reassessment when we get the donations needed.
The Green Vegans office is based in the home offices of board members. We utilize online technology so our educational materials are normally not printed. Board members have donated most of the office supplies and communication functions, and all administrative tasks excepting legal. We do need to pay for website maintenance, hosting, business and corporate licensing and reporting, postage/shipping, and at this point, need travel reimbursement.
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The War on Wolves will not be ending soon. Wolves across the U.S., Canada, and elsewhere need your long-term commitment to act frequently in opposition to standard wildlife management practices. Anti-wolf, coyote, and fox policies are just part of the overall corruption of state and federal wildlife management agencies. We have to change this.We will post our 2014-15 Campaign list Sunday. It includes steps to take in the reformation of wildlife management agency mission statements, legislated mandates, and policies.
The Green Vegans response is the vegan new human ecology: the end of animal agriculture; fewer people on the planet; and our insistence agencies operate for the best interests of ecosystems, not the demands from fringe groups—the hunters and trappers. We must end grazing on public lands regulated by the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. Native herbivore wildlife and the species that prey upon them belong there, not livestock. Humanity has to withdraw from, not continuously expand into and occupy, wildlife habitat. Thanks to “Exposing the Big Game” / Jim Robertson for alerting us to the Defenders of Wildlife action.
Defenders of Wildlife has the form letter already set up for you. Please go to: https://secure.defenders.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2679
Hello, everyone. We will be posting our 2014 Green Vegans Campaign updates in the next few days. Please consider making your donation now to further our mission. Click on the donation button and you will be redirected to the secure PayPal site. You also can send your gift of support through the mail. We will email you an electronic receipt. Your donations are tax-deductible as allowed by the IRS for 501(c)(3) organizations.
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