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Caroline Wimberly & Wanqing Zhou’s article in VegNews

Brighter Green associates Caroline Wimberly and Wanqing Zhou co-wrote an article called, “East MEATS West” in the recent issue of VegNews.


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Recent News

Wanqing Zhou’s “Groundbreaking” Research Paper Referenced in That’s Mag

Brighter Green associate Wanqing Zhou was referenced in Betty Richardson’s That’s Mag article, “How China’s Growing Appetite for Meat Affects Us All.”


April 3, 2017
Wanqing Zhou Quoted in China Dialogue Article about Beef Scandal

Brighter Green associate Wanqing Zhou was quoted in Robert Soutar’s China Dialogue article, “Brazil beef scandal highlights dangers of industrial livestock farming.” (more…)

March 27, 2017
Mia MacDonald and Wanqing Zhou Published in China Dialogue

Executive Director, Mia MacDonald, and associate Wanqing Zhou were recently published in China Dialogue in an article titled “China needs to assess the true costs of factory farming.” (more…)

February 23, 2017

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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Recent Events

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
Meat, Climate Change and Food Activism in China: A Screening and Discussion

Wednesday, October 19th

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM*

New York University, Kimmel Center, Room 405

Co-hosted by Brighter Green, Earth Matters, the Environmental Studies and the Animal Studies programs at NYU, Satya magazine and Lantern Books.

Join us for the New York City premiere of the documentary film “Six Years On,” the sequel to “What’s for Dinner?,” a riveting film about meat consumption in China and its costs. “What’s for Dinner?” has screened widely across China, as well as globally. Filmmaker Jian Yi will discuss both films and the current situation for food activists in China. Click here to find out more about the work that Brighter Green has been doing in China.

* You will still have time to watch the last presidential debate, which starts at 9:00 PM!

Satya’s 21st anniversary issue, The Long View, includes an article by Jian Yi titled, An Assertive Vegetarian, where he discusses how becoming a vegetarian is an active choice to advocate for a compassionate lifestyle

October 6, 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.