Green Vegans Report In From NYC

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100_1801The People’s Climate March was held at 2,808 events in 166 countries. Owen was our representative for the NYC event. He had this enthusiastic response.

“The march was a smashing success in NYC. I’ve never seen so many vegans in one place! It was actually a little chaotic though, there was barely room to stand before the march started moving, it took several hours to start moving, and after it did start moving we (the vegans) got separated. Were I to do it again, I’d try and organize the vegans to pause periodically to create space in front of our signs so that our materials/signs etc. were more visible.

I met up with Kip and Keegan [producers of Cowspiracy]. They had a large banner and there was a giant inflatable cow by them that read ‘I’m full of greenhouse gases. Do you have a steak in it?’ 10385561_10152263238756577_3272566093488710787_n

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were tons of creative and informative signs. Cowspiracy dvds were handed out and the film was promoted amongst the crowd where it matters most: folks who care about the environment.

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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

Final Seattle Climate Rally Update Posted Thursday

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Because we are finalizing plans and still getting new information, we are revising our final update for the Seattle and other Climate Rallies happening this Sunday, September 21. We will post that update on Thursday.

If you are coming as a “visible vegan” and will join the vegan contingent, please email contact@greenvegans.org  so we can get a rough idea of how many have committed to the Seattle rally. We will have signs both pre-made and blank. We encourage you to bring your own and identify with the organization of your choice. This is a collaborative event to influence environmentalists and climate change advocates about veganism. We have a great opportunity to be visible and advocate as we distribute literature. Green Vegans will have a few organic cotton logo-tees available for marchers at $20 or on a sliding scale that you decide. Thank you for your support100_1801.

 

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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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.

 

Green Vegans Whale Campaign Update

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s_v10ag496skx0194_bPeninsula Daily News: “NEAH BAY –– Fifteen years after returning from their tribe’s last legal whale kill, some members of the crew of Makah whale hunters who led that hunt set out again into the bay aboard the Hummingbird whaling canoe Saturday.

…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

100_1801 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.

Please donate to Green Vegans using our handy PayPal button found on every page. Eight days from today, May 26, marks the fifth anniversary of Green Vegans’ founding. YOU made that possible! While supplies last, we offer a free organic cotton tee as pictured above for every $50 of donation. Just include your shipping address and desired size in the “notes” section in the PayPal order. They run large and are high quality. Thank you.

Green Vegans Fundraising Appeal for 2014-2015 Campaigns

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GVheader768px (1)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:

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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. 100_1801

 

 

 

 

Here are the 2014 – 2015 campaigns. Go to the “Campaigns” dropdown menue above to see the complete descriptions and updates from last year.

 

WhalesWe 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:

Humpback Whales

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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)

Gray Whales

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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

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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).

Battery Reduction-Focus

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

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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

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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

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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.

Chickens

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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)

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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

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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.

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See our campaign page.

Birds versus Glass

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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.

Operations Budget

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.

Please Donate Now. Your support makes Green Vegans possible.

Thank you,

The Green Vegans Board of Directors and Volunteers

Taiji Dolphin Slaughter Action Alert

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The Japanese “Cove” killing grounds remain active at Taiji, Japan. Currently, over 250 dolphins have been scared into a series of small netted cages. They’ve not eaten for over three days. As of this writing, the Taiji fishers are selecting dolphins for imprisonment in aquaria entertainment businesses around the world. The butchering of the remaining dolphins, entire pods and calves, seems certain to begin soon, perhaps tomorrow, 21 January, 2014. Here is today’s coverage by CNN. Difficult to watch but motivating our responses. http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/20/world/asia/japan-dolphin-hunt//   and in print http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/this-slaughter-is-lawful-says-japan-more-than-200-dolphins-trapped-in-a-remote-bay-are-expected-to-be-killed-by-hunters-9073079.html

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Though Japanese consulates are closed today in the U.S. for Martin Luther King Day (Freedom, ironically),  the Seattle office is oddly closed on Tuesday, 21 January as well though there are no Japanese holidays then. Perhaps there’s a Taiji connection, perhaps not. The San Francisco consulate phone recording makes no mention of being closed on Tuesday, 21 January. So be certain to call the Japanese Washington, DC embassy, and consulates everywhere first thing Tuesday, 21 January. Those of you living outside of the U.S. can also make repeated calls to the embassy of Japan in your country. Be certain to also call Japanese consulates located in smaller cities. Keep trying until you get a live person. You can find contact information for Japanese embassies and consulates around the world here: http://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/jicc/consulate-guide.html

The Seattle consulate phone number is 206.682.9107. They are closed daily from 11:30 to 1:00. We are attempting a Seattle rally response on short notice so bear with us. Given the holiday and timing of the slaughter, this makes your phone calls very important.

Next, email the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy, to thank her for her outspoken Tweet that criticized the Taiji killings. “Caroline Kennedy, the recently installed U.S. ambassador to Japan, tweeted that she is ‘deeply concerned by in humaneness of drive hunt dolphin killing.’” (CNN, 1/20/2014) Go to http://japan2.usembassy.gov/e/info/tinfo-email.html

This is the petition we are seeing most at present but there may be more. http://links.causes.com/s/clOHdD

We will post updates on the Green Vegans website, www.greenvegans.org and on our Facebook page.

Please don’t wait. Respond now. Share this information using social media to create more opposition and outrage against the Taiji dolphin slaughter. Thank you.

Will Anderson

Green Vegans / The New Human Ecology

Seattle, WA