Today is Earth Day, and if you are like me, it's one of your favorite days of the year. I know, I'm a bit odd
like that, but I can't help it. I love the idea of a day that celebrates our planet and gets people to consider all they are doing to help, or hinder, the planet.
I have been busy this month promoting the connection between eating animals and what it has done to our planet. Here are some of the things that I have personally been involved in:
- Along with my veg group, held a special awareness event at the library. We invited the public and had a screening of the movie "A River of Waste." If you are not familiar with it, I highly recommend it. While there are a few things I don't care for in the video (the guy is wearing what looks like a leather coat and he says he likes to eat chickens), the overall message of the movie is solid and needs to be heard. It demonstrates the vast amount of environmental damage that is being caused by the meat industry. There, we also gave away vegan food samples (thanks to VegFund) and a variety of literature on the issues.
- I was interviewed for an article in the local newspaper about our "cookprint" or amount of damage we cause by what we cook/eat. You can read the article here.
- Today I was interviewed for a half an hour on a local FM radio station. The focus was vegetarianism and especially the environmental impact of eating meat/animals. This will air on Saturday morning. They are also going to send me an audio recording of it. After I get that I will post it so others can listen.
Additionally, my veg group particpated in the DeLand Green Affair (I arranged it, but did not attend). At the Green Affair we also gave away lots of brochures on how meat harms the planet, as well as making compassionate choices and vegetarian starter kits. This month I also wrote an article on veggie burgers for a small local paper, as well as one on Earth Day. I also wrote an article on raising green kids for our local parenting magazine.
Whew, it's been a productive Earth Day this year. We have gotten out lots of information to people and hopefully some take it in and make changes. Saturday we are going to the Earth Day festival in Orlando, for our fourth year in a row. It's a great event!
Have a great Earth Day!