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Congratulations to Kakenya Joy Barta!

Kakenya Joy Barta, one of the six girls who is part of the Massai Girls’ Education Initiative, just graduated from her program in Communications and Journalism at Mt.Kenya University in Thika, Kenya!

It is the first, and surely not the last, graduation in the Massai Girls’ Education Initiative.

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Recent News

Freedom of Species Radio Interviews Award-winning Filmmaker, Jian Yi and Brighter Green Associate, Wanqing Zhou

Brighter Green colleague and “What’s For Dinner?” director Jian Yi was interviewed by Freedom of Species Radio about the film and his continued work in China to bring awareness to issues of meat consumption, public and environmental health, and animal activism.

The episode also features Brighter Green Associate Wanqing Zhou, a Research Associate in the Food and Agriculture Program at Worldwatch Institute, about what she calls the “triangle of agribusiness” carved out by the U.S, China, and Brazil. Wanqing’s “triangle” summary can be found here.

Director Jian Yi and Cinematographer Pan Kewu filming in Guangdong

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August 18, 2015
Freedom of Species Radio Interviews Mia MacDonald

Brighter Green’s Mia Macdonald was interviewed by Freedom of Species Radio in April 2015 about several topics including global agribusiness and finance focusing on China, animal activism in China, a recent Hill article that garnered lots of attention, “Vegan Diet Best for Planet” and “What’s For Dinner?,” a groundbreaking Chinese documentary produced by Brighter Green and directed by internationally recognized independent filmmaker, Jian Yi.

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August 13, 2015
Animal Rights 2015 National Conference

The Animal Rights 2015 National Conference will take place July 30-August 2. The first conference was held in 1981 which makes it not only the largest but also the longest running animal rights gathering.

Wanqing Zhou, Research Associate in the Food and Agriculture Program at the Worldwatch Institute, will be speaking on Friday, July 31, on The Impact of Animal Use on the Environment: How animal farming and experiments further climate change, species extinction and pollution.

Mia MacDonald, executive director and founder of Brighter Green, will be speaking on Sunday, August 2, on Winning for Animals in India and East Asia: Defining and confronting animal abuse in Asia. 



July 27, 2015

“What’s For Dinner?” Screening at University of Oxford

Monday, February 16, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

University of Oxford, Wadham College, McCall MacBain Graduate Centre, Gillese-Badun Room

CHEW: China’s Health, Environment and Welfare Research Group is pleased to announce Oxford’s first screening of a new documentary that examines the rapidly increasing consumption of animal-based foods in China, What’s For Dinner?

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Recent Events

“What’s For Dinner?” and Brighter Green India Videos to Screen at Minding Animals Conference

Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

Brighter Green’s short documentary film “What’s For Dinner?” as well as three short videos on factory farming in India will be screened at the Minding Animals Conference 3 in New Delhi, India.

The conference runs from January 13-20, 2015 and takes place at Jawaharlal Nehru University. “What’s For Dinner?” will screen on January 16, 2015 at 10:00 AM.

For more information on the conference please click here.

For more information on Brighter Green’s work in India, please click here

January 16, 2015
COP 20 Side Event: Animal Agriculture & Future Climate Policy – Supply and Consumer Action

Brighter Green, along with Chatham House, and Humane Society International, is hosting a COP 20 side event entitled:

“Animal Agriculture & Future Climate Policy: Supply and Consumer Action”

Panelists will discuss how to equitably and sustainably address animal agriculture in the framework of current and future negotiations. They will elaborate key principles and examples and present new research on the potential for demand side actions, including the need for enhanced public awareness.

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December 10, 2014
NYU Screening of “What’s For Dinner?” and “Vegucated”

Our documentary film What’s For Dinner? and Vegucated will screen at New York University at an event co-sponsored with the help of campus-based partner organization Earth Matters.

The event will begin promptly at 6:30 PM at NYU’s Kimmel Center for University Life in Room 406. The Kimmel Center is located at 60 Washington Square South (between LaGuardia Pl and Thompson St).

After each film’s screening, the respective director will answer questions and discuss their experiences making their film. Jian Yi, Director of What’s For Dinner?, will be joining remotely from China on Skype. Marisa Miller Wolfson, Writer/Director/Editor of Vegucated will address the audience in person.

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November 20, 2014

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.