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Mia MacDonald, Wanqing Zhou, and Dawn Moncrief to Speak at Premieres of Time to Choose

Brighter Green’s Executive Director Mia MacDonald is featured in Academy Award-winning filmmaker Charles Ferguson’s latest documentary Time to Choose. The film investigates the causes of climate change, including animal agriculture, and discusses possible solutions. Mia will be on a panel at the premiere of the film in New York City alongside Dr. Jane Goodall and Charles Ferguson.

Location: Sunshine Cinema, 143 East Houston Street between 1st and 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10002

Date: Friday June 3, 2016 at 7:10 PM

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Brighter Green Associate and Worldwatch Institute Research Associate Wanqing Zhou and Dawn Moncrief, executive director of parter organization A Well-Fed World, will speak on a panel at the Washington D.C. premiere.

Location: Landmark Theatre, 555 11th Street NW. Entrance on E Street between 10th and 11th Streets NW, Washington D.C. 20004

Date: Saturday June 4, 2016 at 4:00 PM

 

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Recent News

Vegan Exposures in the Latest Sustainable Events in D.C.

May 18, 2016 

Associate Wanqing Zhou attended the Food Tank Summit and the Green Festival Expo in Washington D.C. This blog discusses veganism at both of these events. Here’s a snippet from the blog (which can be read in its entirety here):

From the Food Tank Summit to the Green Festival Expo, springtime in Washington D.C. is seeing the sustainable food revolution heating up. Danielle Nierenberg, founder and president of Food Tank, started off the summit by saying, “I’m frankly tired of hearing about how bad things are … we are here to focus on innovative solutions.” Solutions are being applied to make changes in the real world.

At the 2016 Food Tank Summit, 70 farmers, chefs, scholars, business owners, policy makers, writers, reporters, and activists shared the latest trends and actions in the sustainable food and agriculture movement. Topics include interdisciplinary collaborations, nutrients in foods, protein of the future, food and national security, food waste and recovery, progresses in policy, investment and entrepreneurship, organic food and agriculture, social equity and fair trade, and last but not least, family farmers who lead the change with their hands.

For the complete post, click here.

May 18, 2016
A Conversation between Tozie Zokufa and Mia MacDonald: A View of Animal Advocacy, Rights, and the State of Factory Farming in South and East Africa

Wednesday May 18, 2016

6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Free of charge.
Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served
Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
Co-hosted by Satya magazineBrighter Green and Lantern Books.
RSVP required (info@brightergreen.org) for attendance, location, and directions.

Please join us for a conversation on the state of animal agriculture and advocacy for farm animal welfare and rights in South and East Africa with Tozie Zofuka, internationally recognized animal activist visiting New York from Cape Town, South Africa, and Mia MacDonald, executive director of Brighter Green. Tozie will speak about his work on farm animals in southern Africa, his perspective on advocating for animal welfare and rights in Africa, and the development of the Pan African Animal Welfare Alliance (PAAWA), which he chairs. Mia MacDonald will discuss her experience visiting the first egg factory farm in Kenya, which she wrote about in Satya magazine’s recently published 21st anniversary special issue, The Long View. (more…)

May 5, 2016
Recording Available from Recent Event: The Ethnography of Activism

On Sunday, April 24th, Brighter Green co-hosted a discussion with Lantern Books and Satya Magazine about queer activism and animal rights activism in India. A recording of the successful event can be found here. To learn more about Naisargi Dave, we invite you to read her latest interview in Satya Magazine where she discusses queer and animal activism in India, the distinctions between law and justice, and in taking the long view, what sustains activism.

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May 2, 2016

A Conversation between Tozie Zokufa and Mia MacDonald: A View of Animal Advocacy, Rights, and the State of Factory Farming in South and East Africa

Wednesday May 18, 2016

6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Free of charge.
Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served
Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
Co-hosted by Satya magazineBrighter Green and Lantern Books.
RSVP required (info@brightergreen.org) for attendance, location, and directions.

Please join us for a conversation on the state of animal agriculture and advocacy for farm animal welfare and rights in South and East Africa with Tozie Zofuka, internationally recognized animal activist visiting New York from Cape Town, South Africa, and Mia MacDonald, executive director of Brighter Green. Tozie will speak about his work on farm animals in southern Africa, his perspective on advocating for animal welfare and rights in Africa, and the development of the Pan African Animal Welfare Alliance (PAAWA), which he chairs. Mia MacDonald will discuss her experience visiting the first egg factory farm in Kenya, which she wrote about in Satya magazine’s recently published 21st anniversary special issue, The Long View. Learn More

Recent Events

The Ethnography of Activism: A Conversation about Queer and Animal Rights Activism in India with Naisargi Dave

Sunday April 24 2016
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Free of charge. A light meal will be served.
Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
Co-hosted by Satya Magazine, Brighter Green and Lantern Books
RSVP to info@brightergreen.org for location and directions

Join us for a lively discussion about queer activism and animal rights activism in India. Professor Naisargi Dave will be in conversation with Sangamithra Iyer, Brighter Green associate and editor of Satya: The Long View.  Copies of The Long View will be available for purchase.

Dr. Naisargi Dave is an associate professor in the Anthropology Department at the University of Toronto. Her first book, Queer Activism in India: A Story in the Anthropology of Ethics (Duke, 2012), explores the relationship among queer politics, activism, and affect. Her second book project, The Social Skin: Humans and Animals in India, engages critically with humanism and the privileging of reason to consider myriad facets of working with and for urban and working animals in India. Read her interview in Satya: The Long View.

The Long View also contains articles by Brighter Green Executive Director, Mia MacDonald and Associate Wanqing Zhou and Jian Yi, Director of Brighter Green’s Documentary What’s For Dinner? 

ABOUT SATYA

Satya is a MAGpublication focused on animal advocacy, environmentalism, social justice and vegetarianism. In Sanskrit, “satya” means “truth,” and formed the basis of Mohandas Gandhi’s Satyagraha movement for Indian self-sufficiency.Satya was published as a monthly magazine from June 1994-June 2007. Selections from the first five years were anthologized in The Way of Compassion. Satya is committed to continuing Gandhi’s legacy by increasing dialogue among activists from diverse backgrounds and engaging readers in ways to integrate compassion into their daily lives. The Long View is Satya’s most recent project reflecting on over two decades of activism and where we go from here.

April 12, 2016
Jian Yi to Screen What’s For Dinner? Sequel at NYU Shanghai

Location: NYU Shanghai Auditorium, Room 1504, 1555 Century Avenue, Shanghai, China

Date: Thursday, April 14, 5:00 – 6:30 PM

RSVP: Free of charge with RSVP

Brighter Green’s partner, independent filmmaker and activist, Jian Yi, will be speaking at an event at NYU Shanghai following the screening of his film What’s For Dinner? as well as the brand new follow-up film, Six Years On: What’s For Dinner? Both films address the consumption of meat in China and the increasing industrialization of agriculture. This is one of the first public screenings of Six Years On. Learn More

March 30, 2016
Two International Evenings in Brooklyn

Earth in the Balance: Environmental Activism & Social Change in Brazil & China

Thursday, March 10
6:30 – 8:30 PM
Free of charge. A light meal will be served.
Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
RSVP to info@brightergreen.org for location and directions

Join us for a conversation with Myanna Lahsen and Zhu Qing, a scholar in Brazil and an activist in China, working from different entry points on climate change, environmental protection, animal agriculture, knowledge politics, and successful strategies for social impact. They will describe their current work and explore avenues for active collaboration spanning Brazil, China, and the U.S. Learn More

March 2, 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.

Equity

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.

Rights

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.

Sustainability

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.