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Brighter Green Associate Wanqing Zhou interviewed by Our Hen House 7/23/14

Brighter Green Associate Wanqing Zhou was interviewed by Our Hen House on Brighter Green's What's For Dinner? and China screening tour in June and July 2014.

Brighter Green and Partner Global Forest Coalition Published in "Square Brackets" 7/1/14

Brighter Green and partner Global Forest Coalition published their article "Implementing Aichi Target 3 in the livestock sector" in "Square Brackets: CBD Newsletter for Civil Society".

Brighter Green Releases June 2014 Newsletter 6/27/14

Brighter Green releases its June 2014 newsletter highlighting achievements and events in the first part of 2014. You can view the newsletter here.

Brighter Green Launches "What's For Dinner?" China Screening Tour 6/15/14

Brighter Green launches the China tour of the short documentary film "What's For Dinner?". The film is screened in multiple cities through July 2014 and provinces including Beijing, Shanghai, and Zhejiang province. To learn more please click here.

Brighter Green Presents at the Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption 6/11/14

Brighter Green Associate Wanqing Zhou presented her paper, "The Triangle: Factory Farming in the U.S., China and Brazil" in Shanghai, China at the Global Research Forum on Production and Consumption.

BG Partner Global Forest Coalition Releases Paraguayan Case Study 5/22/14

Brighter Green partner Global Forest Coalition publishes Paraguayan case study on the environmental and social impacts of unsustainable livestock and soybean production.

Brighter Green and Global Forest Coalition New Report and Briefing Paper 5/22/14

Brighter Green and the Global Forest Coalition announce the release of a new report and briefing paper on redirecting government support for unsustainable livestock production as the key to biodiversity conservation.

Brighter Green Appears in the Scientific American Magazine 5/20/14

The Scientific American article "China's Appetite for Meat Swells, Along with Climate Changing Pollution" references Brighter Green research as well as quotes Executive Director Mia MacDonald and Associate Wanqing Zhou.

What's For Dinner? Page on Icarus Website 5/9/14

Brighter Green's short documentary film What's For Dinner? is now featured on Icarus Films' website, WFD's North American distributor. Visit the website for more information on screening or purchasing the film.

Brighter Green Releases Policy Brief of "Beyond the Pail: the Emergence of Industrialized Dairy Systems in Asia" 4/28/14

Brighter Green released the policy brief for the most recent policy paper, Beyond the Pail: the Emergence of Industrialized Dairy Systems in Asia. The brief, available here, provides a succinct summary of the paper and recommendations.

Brighter Green's film What's For Dinner? to be featured in the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital 3/21/14

Brighter Green's short film What's For Dinner? was recently selected to appear in the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital. It appeared on March 19th at 12PM in the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, along with a discussion partnering with the China Environment Forum.

Associate Sangamithra Iyer Publishes eBook 3/5/14

Brighter Green Associate Sangamithra Iyer publishes an eBook entitled The Lines We Draw distributed by Hen Press, the publishing arm of Our Hen House. The book explores the boundaries — physical, biological, and ethical — evolved out of a conversation with the late Dr. Alfred Prince, a hepatitis researcher, about the use of chimpanzees in medical research, and is expanded into a larger discussion about ethics.

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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.


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The Farm Sanctuary Movement Reaches Asia

September 18, 2014 10:54am
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Tied up Indian dairy cows

As social awareness increases over dietary choices, industrial farming methods, and animal welfare, more individuals are choosing a vegan lifestyle while simultaneously the farm sanctuary movement is becoming a global phenomenon. Farm sanctuaries provide a retirement home for animals removed from the agricultural industry, and often build community awareness regarding animal behavior, healthy eating habits, and the environmental impacts of our diets. In India, two such farmed animal sanctuaries are changing the country for both animals and people, by creating safe homes, building vegan communities, and implementing humane education efforts.

Small, Smart, & Green: Revolutionizing Organic Agriculture in West Africa

July 24, 2014 3:02pm
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Erwin Knippenberg is a guest blogger for Brighter Green.

Brighter Green sometimes features updates on agricultural changes, particularly the global South.


Sam Binda is a farmer like his father and his father before him. He grows okra, African eggplant and other vegetables to feed his family and sells whatever is left at his local market. As a member of CHAP —a community based farming organization—he pools his efforts with his neighbors, sharing tools and know-how. Sam is a Liberian, working to rebuild his country after a brutal 14-year civil war.

A Flood of Refugees

May 30, 2014 10:26am
Climate change is not just poised to affect plants, coral reefs, insects, and non-human mammals. With rising sea levels, increased temperatures, more extreme natural disasters, and reduced agricultural yields, entire human communities are at risk of displacement. The rise in refugees due to environmental causes is projected be one of the most significant impacts of climate change, affecting millions of people worldwide.

Climate Change and Food Security

May 2, 2014 3:35pm

Climate change will continue to affect crop yields significantly.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Working Group II recently published a report titled "Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability." One of the major issues that the report raises is that of food security, exploring the connection between mounting pressures due to climate change and agriculture. These links between climate and food are intrinsically tied to inequity.

The Inequality of Climate Change

April 11, 2014 3:58pm

Bangladesh is at risk due to rising sea levels.

The front page of the New York Times on March 28th featured an article on the plight of Bangladesh—one of the countries most vulnerable to the rising temperatures and sea levels due to climate change. This is an example of the inequality of climate change; Bangladesh and other developing nations hardly contributed to the climate crisis, yet they are facing the gravest risks.

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CLIMATE CHANGE, LIVELIHOODS, AND RIGHTS:

Bonn Climate Change Conference June 2014

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Brighter Green is remotely participating with Global Forest Coalition and other partner organizations at the June 2014 Bonn Climate Change Conference. Click here for more information.

FOOD POLICY & EQUITY:

Beyond the Pail: the Emergence of Industrialized Dairy Systems in Asia

Brighter Green is pleased to announce the release of a new policy paper exploring the growth of industrial dairy systems in India, China, and countries of Southeast Asia. Beyond the Pail: The Emergence of Industrialized Dairy Systems in Asia, explores the trend toward increased dairy consumption and production and argues that the growth of industrial systems results in severe consequences for the environment, public health, animal welfare, and rural economies.

Learn more about the paper here.

CLIMATE CHANGE, LIVELIHOODS, AND RIGHTS:

Industrial Livestock, Deforestation, and Climate Change

Brighter Green and the Global Forest Coalition are working together on a joint project that aims to bring the links between deforestation, climate change, and industrial animal agriculture to the attention of policy-makers, including within the UNFCCC and REDD+ negotiations.

Read more here.

SUSTAINABILITY & COMMUNITY:

East African Girls' Leadership Initiative

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"I would like to help Maasai women become economically empowered so that they can fight for their rights," says seventeen-year-old Hellen Naipanoi Kipaili, a participant in Brighter Green's collaborative Girls' Education, Leadership, and Rights Training Initiative. The program's intent is to invest deeply in a small number of girls with significant potential but who are trapped by their families' poverty. Learn more about the girls and the program here.

FOOD POLICY & EQUITY:

WHAT'S FOR DINNER? Documentary


Many people in the developing world are eating more meat, dairy, and eggs, and industrial-scale production facilities (factory farms and feedlots) are increasingly common. Brighter Green is exploring these issues in China, including through the medium of film. Read more about our documentary, WHAT'S FOR DINNER?, and be sure to visit the film's official website.

FOOD POLICY & EQUITY:

Climate Change & Globalization of Industrial Animal Agriculture

This series of policy papers and short videos forms the foundation of Brighter Green's Program on Food Policy and Equity. The papers document the globalization of industrialized animal agriculture in Brazil, China, Ethiopia, and India through the lens of climate change. They also explore additional environmental, food security, equity, livelihood, and animal welfare impacts of this phenomenon.

FOOD POLICY & EQUITY:

Global Public Health Blog Series

Read Brighter Green Research Intern Judy Bankman's blog series on the public health impacts of the globalization of the Western diet (diets higher in animal fats, sugar, salt, and processed foods) in the global South (developing regions). These blogs are a part of the Brighter Green Public Health Project, a project that aims to investigate how the Western diet in the global South is contributing to an increase in non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease.

Brighter Green and COP 19 Warsaw

Read about Brighter Green's involvement in the 19th annual United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP 19) from November 11-22, 2013, in Warsaw, Poland.

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