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Brighter Green Participates in the First Good Food Hero Summit in China

Mia MacDonald and Caroline Wimberly of Brighter Green are in China, where they’ve joined our colleagues Jian Yi and Amelie Rousseau, a plant-based chef, (and other presenters and mentors), to launch the first ever Good Food Hero Summit. They will be joined by others via Skype, including Jeff Sebo, Clinical Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Director of the Animal Studies M.A. Program at New York University, Farhaan Ladhani, the Deputy Director for Direct Diplomacy at the Department of Foreign Affairs Trade and Development Canada, and Erica Meier, the Executive Director of Compassion Over Killing. In two three-day sessions in Yangzhou, in Jiangsu province, a hundred participants will learn about animal ethics, journalism/investigative reporting, food education, and food politics from international experts. Participants will share their ideas and plans with one another and the mentors to expand projects and plans. They’ll take part in workshops on how to develop effective means of communication, engage in creative research, and capture the spirit of entrepreneurship.


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Recent News

Brighter Green Ranks 21st in ICCG Climate Think Tank Rankings 2016

The International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG), a joint initiative of the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) and the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, has announced the winners of the fifth edition of the ICCG Climate Think Tank Rankings, the rankings of the most cutting-edge worldwide institutions conducting research and policy support in the field of climate change. The ICCG think tank’s evaluation is based on a solid quantitative methodology and solid analytical data. Think tanks were assessed and classified on the basis of their performances in a set of 15 indicators, structured in three main pillars: Activities, Publications and Dissemination. Out of 100 organizations, Brighter Green placed 21st in the Standardized Ranking.

June 29, 2017
“Beef Exports a Raw Deal for Global Climate” oped by Mia MacDonald and Stephanie Feldstein

Executive Director at Brighter Green, Mia MacDonald, and Sustainability Director at the Center for Biological Diversity, Stephanie Feldstein, co-wrote an oped titled, “Beef Exports a Raw Deal for Global Climate.” This article explores the impacts of a new trade agreement between the U.S. and China on the climate and the food system. This trade agreement will open Chinese markets to American beef for the first time since 2003. The production of meat requires an enormous amount of natural resources, water and land, as well as being a major contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions, with beef making up the largest share. Governments should be helping their citizens to eat in more sustainable, climate-friendly, and healthy ways, but this agreement is doing the opposite. You can read the full article here.

June 28, 2017
Brighter Green at the USCAN Annual Meeting

Brighter Green associates Caroline Wimberly and Wanqing Zhou will be speaking on a panel at the 2017 US Climate Action Network (USCAN) Annual Meeting this week in Richmond, VA. USCAN has about 168 members, while the larger CAN International network has over 1100 member in over 120 countries.

The breakout session on Food, Agriculture, and Climate will also include Tonya Rawe from CARE; Pete Kolbenschlag from Colorado Food and Farm Alliance; and Kelly Stone from ActionAid. The session will cover domestic and international policy in issues related to food/agriculture and climate change, including hunger, food security, livelihoods, industrialized meat and feed production, biofuels, campaigning, and partnerships; and will relay heavily on discussion and ideas for next steps.

June 5, 2017

Brighter Green at SB 46 Bonn: What’s at Steak? Land Use, Livestock, Offsets and the Climate Regime

Brighter Green will be collaborating with our colleagues at the Global Forest Coalition (GFC) and the Friends of the Siberian Forests (FSF) on an event at this year’s Bonn Climate Change Conference (SB 46 Bonn).

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Recent Events

Reducetarian Summit at NYU

Registration is now open for the ​Reducetarian Summit​, a two day conference by the ​Reducetarian Foundation​, which will bring together perspectives and technologies from all corners of the world to explore how to create a more equitable, compassionate and sustainable food system. The central question of the 2017 Reducetarian Summit is: “How do we as individuals, organizations, communities, and societies work to systematically decrease meat consumption?”

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February 2, 2017
What’s For Dinner to be Screened at the META HOUSE in Cambodia

Our documentaries, What’s For Dinner? and Six Years On, are being screened in Cambodia. This will be their premiere in Southeast Asia. The screening will take place at the META HOUSE on February 8th, at 7pm. Learn More

January 31, 2017
What’s for Dinner? at Hong Kong EcoCinema Festival

What’s for Dinner? and Six Years On are being shown at the Hong Kong EcoCinema Festival. These documentaries provide a unique look into the rapidly growing consumption of meat in China and the increasing industrialization of agriculture. The theme of this year’s festival is “biodiversity” and other films will focus on food, oceans, plastic, and the environment.

December 8, 2016

Our Mission

Brighter Green is a public policy action tank that works to raise awareness of and encourage policy action on issues that span the environment, animals, and sustainability. Based in New York, Brighter Green works in the U.S. and internationally with a focus on the countries of the global South and a strong commitment to ensuring and expanding equity and rights.

On its own and in partnership with other organizations and individuals, Brighter Green generates and incubates research and project initiatives that are both visionary and practical. It produces publications, websites, documentary films, and programs to illuminate public debate among policy-makers, activists, communities, influential leaders, and the media, with the goal of social transformation at local and international levels.


We believe that environmental protection and human development are intimately connected, and that both depend on equitable distribution of, access to, and sustainable use of the planet’s resources. We work with organizations promoting the self-determination of indigenous communities, communities of color, and individuals both locally and internationally to enable them to stake their claim to fair treatment and protection of resources (natural, cultural, and capital) within their communities and regions.


Brighter Green seeks to bring together the many sectors that need to be engaged if human societies are to thrive and Earth’s biodiversity is to survive. We also aim to bring into public and policy discourse the interests of non-human animals, both wild and domesticated, and examine how issues of food safety and security, globalization, deforestation, global warming, and consumption affect human and animal populations.


Brighter Green examines sustainability and its links to functioning democracies and engaged civil society, as well as to peace, infrastructure, and human capacity. We recognize the reality of globalization, and base our projects on a thorough elucidation of resource usage and consumption patterns in developed and developing countries. In doing so, we seek to understand human “environmental footprints” around the world and the flow of capital, goods, and resources between the northern and southern hemispheres.