Comments Needed Now-Protect Birds from Drones

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Alert! Comments Needed Now to Protect Birds and Ecosystems From Drones
Background: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has begun to update regulations on the operation of drones. What they do now will set the stage on how much or how little birds, wildlife, people, and ecosystems will be protected from the hundreds of thousands to over a million drones that will soon fill the air. The FAA has excused itself from any environmental reviews but is taking comments on its proposed rulemaking.

This QR X350 PRO drone is being sold on Amazon's "Drone Store."

This QR X350 PRO drone is being sold on Amazon’s “Drone Store.”

Green Vegans has sent them seven pages of comments. They are far more detailed than needed for yours. The deadline for electronic submission is midnight, April 24. This is the FAA page relevant to the issue but you do not need to study it. Green Vegans has done that for you. This is the page where you  submit your comments. Click on the blue “comment now” button. Use the talking points below.

Wildlife, ecosystems, and people will be heavily impacted as the number of drones increases. We need vegan environmentalists to be visible advocates immediately.

The FAA thinks it can get away with ignoring the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) because it is addressing one class of drones and not the others until later. However, NEPA requires federal agencies to look at cumulative environmental impacts. Our goal is to get the FAA to first conduct an Environmental Assessment and then an Environmental Impact Statement under NEPA.  Continue reading

Vegan Environmentalist Identity Campaign

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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. globe_west_2048

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:

We will post the first Vegan Environmentalist Identity Campaign here and on our home page soon. See our other campaigns by clicking on the “Campaigns” tab above.

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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Congratulations! Idaho Wolf and Coyote UPDATE

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iStock_000008330410XSmallYour calls and emails are having the desired effect. The only national sponsor of the “First Annual 2-Day Wolf and Coyote Derby” was NAPA (Auto Parts). They have withdrawn their sponsorship. Agencies and sponsors are being flooded with calls from all over the world. In one instance alone, our Tweet regarding Alert #2 was forwarded to 34,000 people. As you’ve seen, other organizations are having a profound impact as well with their parallel alerts.

Feel free to call and thank NAPA for withdrawing from sponsorship of the slaughter by using the contact information you’ll find in Alert #2 at www.greenvegans.org.

In addition, several  organizations have filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the refusal of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to require a permit for the wolf and coyote-killing contest on the lands they manage. We will post their press release tomorrow along with an update on the responses Green Vegans has received regarding our letter to the state agencies involved. You’ve made a difference. Thank you and thank yourselves.

Deep Vegans – Part 2

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iStock_000012214795XSmallThere are many arenas for vegans to prevent suffering and needless death (more about that in later posts at thisishopethebook) This was the case when a three-person delegation returned to the International Whaling Commission conference last year in Panama. At every meeting over several days we stated our names and our organization, Green Vegans. Whenever we spoke, whenever we introduced ourselves to commission members from other countries, to other organizations, and U.S. officials at meetings, when others saw the placards at our tables, and on every document we distributed, we were there audibly and visibly repeated as “Green Vegans, Green Vegans, Green Vegans.”

A relatively small vanguard of professional environmentalists is trying to stem the loss of biodiversity, loss of habitat, and in some cases stop wanton cruelty (whaling and sealing, for example). Cruelty and killing is the active ingredient in environmental destruction. In the same way, at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), our opponents are global economic systems and worldview beliefs that do not know the value of a life and are not willing to state what it actually takes in terms of changes in our human ecology to really protect ecosystems—something we are already familiar with in animal agriculture.

What is our lesson in this? We cannot afford simply to “be vegan” and then rest. The same reasons for our becoming vegans and vegetarians also compel us to become knowledgeable environmentalists, advocates for reduced human populations, and supporters of social and economic justice. Increasing human populations increase the suffering of both domesticated and wild individuals from other species and damage their ecosystems. The decline of ecosystems and unfolding extinctions cause excruciating physical and psychological pain, misery, and bewildering homelessness for countless species during the process. These are calls for vegans to act.

We must act on the reason that these issues are about grievous harm to individuals of other species and people, our health, and sustainability. As deep vegans, we must expand into other causes. Instead of a slow introduction into front-line environmentalism, and to those of you who already are there, I’m asking you to jump into the deeper end of the pool for a moment.

Here are two links related to a past CITES meeting. From a guest blog by Dr. Margi Prideaux on the Shiftingvalues website is a description of the difficulties wildlife advocates are facing there. Without our vegan human ecology message at CITES and other environmental forums, they will not succeed in saving biodiversity and abundance. They will not be able to stop the harm we care so deeply about as vegans.

http://www.shiftingvalues.com/cites-conference-risks-driving-a-split-in-international-efforts-on-the-conservation-of-elephants-manatees-and-polar-bears. More on that conference here, http://www.cites.org/

This isn’t more work for us as much as they are opportunities to be more effective. In doing this we improve and complete the characteristics, culture, power, and blessings of veganism. (View Blog Archives at thisishopethebook)

 

Deep Vegans – Part 1

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AmzonRnfstWtriStkPlease go to www.thisishopethebook.com for a new blog post titled “Deep Vegans – Part 1”. In it you will read about the connections between Deep Ecology and Deep Veganism and the untapped power that is waiting for us to discover.  Species rights replaces animal rights.