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End of Year Newsletter

To hear about the latest news from Brighter Green including, our new work in China, our time at COP22, media mentions, and updates from the Young Women’s Leadership Initiative, we invite you to read our newsletter here.

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Recent News

Influential Buddhist Magazine, Cihu, Releases Issue Devoted to Factory Farming

Director of What’s For Dinner? and Six Years On, Jian Yi, co-edited an issue of an influential Buddhist magazine, Cihu, devoted entirely to the realities of factory farming (the first such publication ever produced in China). Executive director Mia MacDonald, contributed the opening article that framed the subsequent contents. The issue discusses why factory farming is an important issue and looks more in depth at specific farmed animals, such as cows, pigs, and chickens. Click here to download a PDF of the magazine.

December 19, 2016
East African Young Women’s Leadership Initiative Newsletter

The East African Young Women’s Leadership Initiative December 2016 Newsletter is here.

To learn about the latest news from our East African Young Women’s Leadership Initiative, including updates about their annual workshop, news about one of the woman’s graduation, and a look ahead to next year, click here.

December 16, 2016
Mia MacDonald quoted in Mexican newspaper about meat consumption

Executive Director Mia MacDonald was quoted in the Mexican business and economics newspaper, El Economista, while attending COP13MX. She talks about the potential for huge growth in meat consumption and says that this will need to change given the huge impacts on the global climate and biodiversity. Click here to read the article.

December 12, 2016

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.

Recent Events

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
The Africa Network for Animal Welfare

Monday, October 17th
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Brooklyn, NY
Co-hosted by Brighter Green, Satya magazine and Lantern Books.
RSVP required (info@brightergreen.org) for location and directions.

Join us for a conversation with three members of the Nairobi-based Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW), which celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2016*: executive director/co-founder Josphat Ngonyo, wildlife scientist and director of public affairs Kahindi Lekalhaile and board chair Ambassador Nehemiah Rotich (former director of the Kenya Wildlife Service). They will share updates on their ground-breaking work on community conservation, anti-poaching, humane education and farm animal welfare initiatives. No other organization that we know about in sub-Saharan Africa is working across conservation and animal welfare the way ANAW is; they’ve also helped incubate the Pan African Animal Welfare Alliance (PAAWA).

Another reason to attend: the ANAW team will be selling small wire sculptures of African animals made from poachers’ snares adorned with beads. All proceeds support anti-poaching efforts.

Satya’s 21st anniversary issue, The Long View, features two articles on animal welfare in Africa including Mia MacDonald’s encounter with large-scale egg production in Kenya, a trip taken with ANAW staff, as well as an interview with ANAW co-founder Josphat Ngonyo, conducted by Rachel Cernansky, a long-time Satya editor and now contributor to The New York Times.

* Brighter Green’s Mia MacDonald attended the commemoration and spoke on behalf of the ANAW-USA board.

And, if the timing works out, we’ll be joined by Brighter Green colleague Jian Yi, who’s visiting the U.S. from China. Jian Yi is an independent filmmaker and cultural activist who directed “What’s for Dinner?,” Brighter Green’s documentary about rising meat consumption in China (the first of its kind) and the recently completed sequel, “Six Years On.” Jian Yi and Mia MacDonald will be screening “Six Years On” at New York University on Wednesday, October 19th.

October 6, 2016
Jian Yi to Show “Six Years On” at Johns Hopkins University

Join us for a screening 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. Filmmaker, Jian Yi, will discuss both films, the current situation, and the food activist movement in China.

Where: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Room W2008, 615 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD

When: Thursday, October 13, 2016 | 12:00 – 1:30 PM

Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited.
Please RSVP for the event.
Contact Alicia Carter for more information.

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October 3, 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.