I am learning about some great initiatives out there as I follow the great bread-crumb also known as the internet.
Today I got an email about this debate, held on Monday 31 October 2016 by Intelligence Squared in London’s Royal Institute.
Speaker for the motion
The Sunday Times’s star restaurant and TV critic. He has also worked as an artist and a chef. In October 2009, Gill sparked controversy by reporting in his Sunday Times column that he had shot a baboon dead to ‘get a sense of what it might be like to kill someone’. He says he will eat anything that doesn’t have a birth certificate.
Speaker against the motion
Writer best known for his environmental and political activism. He writes regularly for The Guardian and his most recent book is Feral: Searching for Enchantment on the Frontiers of Rewilding. Having wavered for years between eating and not eating meat, he now claims to be 97% vegan (he eats roadkill and the odd egg or bit of fish).
Apparently ‘against’ won :-). Nice one, George!
Looking up George Monbiot led me to the website of the Jewish Vegetarian Society…
JVS is an international charity, dedicated to promoting a kinder society, without killing animals for food, where mankind is not cruel to fellow beings, both human and animal, as expressed in the Torah.
We advocate a vegetarian world which protects the environment, promotes human health and conserves natural resources. All of our events are 100% vegan.
JVS in turn led me to Planeat…
PLANEAT is the story of three men’s life-long search for a diet, which is good for our health, good for the environment and good for the future of the planet. With an additional cast of pioneering chefs and some of the best cooking you have ever seen, the scientists and doctors in the film present a convincing case for the West to re-examine its love affair with meat and dairy.
…whose website provided a link to A Well-Fed World which immediately became this week’s feature, and an instant favourite of mine…I love multi-tasking!
What We Do
A Well-Fed World is a hunger relief and animal protection organisation chipping away at two of the world’s most immense, unnecessary and unconscionable forms of suffering… the suffering of people hungry from lack of food, and the suffering of animals used and abused for food.
We have a positive, practical, and action-led approach that produces immediate assistance for those in need and structural change for lasting results.
In addition to our direct programs, we raise funds, partner with, and promote innovative, highly effective projects that strengthen:
- plant-based feeding & farming programs
- farm animal care & rescue efforts
- vegan advocacy & community building
Thanks in part to our donated office space and internet, our combined overhead and fundraising costs are less than 5%.
The result is that more of your donation goes directly to programs. In particular cases, 100% of funds are sent directly to the projects in need.
Along the way I found out that world number 1 tennis player Novac Djokovic recently opened a vegan restaurant called Eqvita in Monte Carlo 🙂
To all this, I say, LOVE!