Who We Are

Nigerianmanpipefire"Green Vegans advocates the spread and implementation of the New Human Ecology to achieve seven minimum results. We do this within a context of campaigning for healthy, intact ecosystems, social and economic justice, negative human population growth, a vegan human ecology, ecologically sustainable economic systems, compassion for all beings, and changes in citizen consumerism. Green Vegans stresses that the seven results are inseparable; the failure of one will cause the failure of all. We are a movement seeking a transnational and transcultural reformation of our human ecology. As suits the particular issue at hand, we employ advocacy, the recruitment of other organizations, education, research, publishing, social organizing, and legal remedies to achieve our goals."

RnforstSoyCattleFoodiStkGreen Vegans is a vegan new human ecology and environmental organization and community.  We identify root causes of ecosystem collapse that are the result of an old human ecology that is no longer adaptive to Earth's needs and prevents achieving human goals of justice and prosperity. We are advocating for the end of animal agriculture because of its immense role in the destruction of ecosystems, waste of resources, conflicts with wildlife, pollution, and detriment to human health. We challenge and work to transform ecosystem and wildlife management sciences, applications, and professions that represent the OLD human ecology. We advocate they base their profession a vegan human ecology today because they are unable to maintain biodiversity for two reasons: they pander to narrow interests of hunters, animal agriculture (and the crops grown for their food) trappers, fishers, and resource extractors; and, they will never have the ability to overcome the environmental impacts caused by the old human ecology behavior of 6.8 billion humans. Food security, human sustainability, and re-establishing ecosystem health are all made possible when the NEW human ecology is integrated into our personal lives and public institutions.

manyfishboatsOur human species is already consuming 1.4 planet's worth of Earth's capacity to produce ecosystem services that we and other species need to survive – while over one billion people are chronically malnourished and lack resources necessary for human dignity. When Green Vegans works on behalf of birds, people, plants, and predators, we will oppose the habitat loss that is created by grazing and growing corn and soybeans for individuals of other species – chickens, cows, steers, heifers, pigs, goats, and sheep. This removes barriers to restoration of large landscape and seascapes now used by industries that are not part of our future. When we advocate for humans, we do so through improving our chances for true ecosystem sustainability and therefore the health and well-being of every person. For instance, when we campaign on behalf of marine mammals, we challenge the deepest causes of the problems they face by addressing: human overpopulation, the environmental effects created by overconsumption, the loss of ecosystem integrity, our dietary choices, and the impacts of animal agriculture upon marine ecosystems. We remind everyone of the billions of people who are desperately clinging onto survival with no hope.

We must understand we are taking so much from Earth's "natural capital" that we are destroying her capacity to produce the surplus that enables us to live. The New Human Ecology drastically reduces that taking and our specie's impacts. From three different sources, we learn:

  • It was noted in 2007 that," Our projections indicate that, by 2015, human demands will increase to 1.6 planets."1
  • By 2010, "Moderate UN scenarios suggest that if current population and consumption trends continue, by the middle of the next decade we will need the equivalent of two Earths to support us. And of course, we only have one."2
  • Citing a World Wildlife Fund paper, Science Daily reported that, "But today Europe lives beyond its means. If the world's citizens lived as Europeans, we would need 2.6 planets to provide the necessary resources and absorb the waste."3

1 Dietz, Thomas, Eugene A Rosa, and Richard York. Front Ecol Environ 2007; 5(1): 13-18. http://www.stirpat.org/frontiers.pdf
2 Global Footprint Network. "Do We Fit the Planet?" http://www.footprintnetwork.org/en/index.php/GFN/page/world_footprint/ Accessed 1/22/2010.
3European Union Has Doubled Ecological Pressure On Planet in 30 Years, Report Suggests. Science Daily article citing the World Wildlife Fund report, Europe 2007 – Gross Domestic Product and Ecological Footprint 12/28/2007.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/11/071126142905.htm

Organizations and People

OrangWBabyonheadiStkKey to our mission is recruiting endorsements for The New Human Ecology's Seven Results. Green Vegans recognizes the irreplaceable and specialized abilities of other nongovernmental organizations whose missions are compatible to ours. We will cite their work by referring our members and the public to them whenever needed in our campaigns to achieve the Seven Results. We pledge that The New Human Ecology is the most direct, effective, and doable means to slow, stop, and then reverse the decline of ecosystems while improving the chances for impoverished and suffering people who deserve equal consideration. Above all, The New Human Ecology is a strategy.

The Green Vegans Board
Will Anderson
Will Anderson 
Will has had a long career in campaign and project management in both the environmental and animal welfare and rights nonprofit sector while working for several national organizations. He's conducted numerous campaigns spanning a wide variety of subject matter and species and continues to focus his interests on the larger questions of veganism and human ecology. WIll hold a BSc in Management and Communication.
Tami Drake
Tami Drake
Tami Drake was a co-founder and International Director of Ocean Defense International and has worked on the Makah Whaling issue since 1999, lobbied in Washington D.C. and attended three IWC meetings specifically regarding ASW. Tami also co-founded America’s Whale Alliance in 2005. This coalition of over 80 US groups was founded by Ocean Defense International in response to the apparent change of direction of the US government regarding its opposition to the resumption of commercial whaling. AWA’s unprecedented “Stop Whaling!” bus tour, garnered incredible support from West Coast residents. A 35-ft. long California municipal bus that was converted to run on bio-diesel was transformed into a whale bus by dedicated volunteers who worked tirelessly for weeks. Tami also 23 years experience as a litigation paralegal.
Hal Garcia-Smith
Hal Garcia-Smith
Hal Garcia-Smith has worked in the medical sector for physicians, non-profit HIV-AIDS prevention programs and research, and currently for the King County Department of Health. As a disease intervention specialist, he tests and counsels members of the public. His clients often come from economically and socially disadvantaged communities. His compassion for people, and other species, drives his choice of work as well as his volunteering as our Secretary on the Green Vegans board of directors.
The Green Vegans Board of Advisors
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Marc Bekoff, PhD
Marc Marc Bekoff is Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and is a Fellow of the Animal Behavior Society and a former Guggenheim Fellow. He is an ethologist (animal behavior). Marc is also an ambassador for Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots program and a prolific author. Visit him at http://literati.net/Bekoff/
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Karen Dawn
Karen founded the animal advocacy media watch DawnWatch.com (www.DawnWatch.com ) .  Her writing on animal advocacy issues has appeared in leading papers such as the Washington Post and her first book, "Thanking the Monkey: Rethinking the Way we Treat Animals" (www.ThankingtheMonkey.com) was chosen by the Washington Post as one of the best books of 2008. As a spokesperson for the animal rights movement she has appeared on all of the major news networks and continues to be active around the globe.
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Debra Durham, PhD
Debra is a primatologist and animal behaviorist who holds leading positions in national organizations. You'll find her escaping to the field to do noninvasive research with her primate friends. To learn more, please click on her website http://debradurham.org/
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Toni Frohoff, PhD
Toni is a marine mammal scientist and published author focused on both wild and captive species. Her research projects focus on wildlife behavior, dolphin communication, interspecies communication, and the study of emotion, welfare, and conservation in other species. Check out her website at www.TerraMarResearch.org    http://terramarresearch.org/about_us/about_toni_frohoff.html
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Howard Lyman
Fourth generation cattle former cattle rancher and crop farmer, author, and internationally respected speaker is now a vegan advocate. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture. Along with Oprah Winfrey, he faced down the cattle industry who had sued them for giving meat a bad name – and won.
Visit his website: http://www.madcowboy.com/
 
DJ Schubert
DJ is a wildlife biologist employed by the Animal Welfare Institute. Throughout his over twenty-five year career, DJ has served as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa and has been employed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, The Fund for Animals, Meyer and Glitzenstein (now Meyer, Glitzenstein & Crystal), and The Humane Society of the United States.  His decades of advocacy work has involved efforts to protect a variety of wildlife species including whales, bison, mountain lions, bears, migratory birds, argali sheep, wild horses; addressing management issues involving lands administered by the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and efforts to enforce CITES and to combat wildlife trade.
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