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
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.
Recently on Our Blog
December 23, 2014 10:00am
“Agrochemicals violate human rights: A tribute to Silvino Talavera.”
No matter where we are, there is one thing in common for the end of year holidays, whether you’re celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa or another festival: food. Special dishes. Holiday meals. Gathering around a table. It’s time to be merry and stay happy, to try and forget about sorrow and anger, and often, to give up asking too many questions—questions that may lead to the truth, and the truth can be inconvenient.
On November 28 and 29, 2014, Brighter Green’s Mia MacDonald and Wanqing Zhou joined environmental and rights advocates at the International Strategy Meeting on Impacts of Unsustainable Livestock and Feed Production and Threats to Community Conservation in Paraguay. The meeting and field trips were organized by the Global Forest Coalition
, an international non-profit network of organizations based in Paraguay and the Netherlands.
December 5, 2014 10:00am
Mia MacDonald (far right) and Josphat Ngonyo (far left) filming Our Hen House TV
Mia MacDonald was recently on the season 2 premiere of Our Hen House TV
. The 23rd episode featured Mia, along with well-known animal activists Josphat Ngonyo (founder and executive director of The Africa Network for Animal Welfare
) and Gene Baur (president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary
The show is co-produced with Brooklyn Independent Media
, ventures into the under-explored world of animals rights with a sense of humor, a passionate heart, and more than a few opinions on the state of animal rights. The show is an extension of the popular podcast
under the same name.
September 24, 2014 10:35am
This article originally appeared in The Huffington Post on September 23, 2014.
The humble symbol of climate activism, a hummingbird.
Co-authored by Wanjira Mathai, director of the wPOWER Project at the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace & Environmental Studies at the University of Nairobi and Chair, Green Belt Movement
, the Kenyan environmentalist and 2004 Nobel Peace Laureate, was fond of recounting a children's story she'd been told on a visit to Japan
. A huge fire breaks out in the forest, runs the tale. The animals are transfixed and overwhelmed by the conflagration. All of them but a hummingbird, who resolves to do something. She flies to the nearest stream, dips her beak into it, and drops a bead of water onto the flames. The elephant, the lion, the giraffe, and the other animals laugh at her, as she flies back and forth over and over again. "You're just a tiny hummingbird," they jeer. "What difference do you think you can make?" The hummingbird replies: "I'm doing the best I can."
For many who heard Wangari tell the story, the message of maximizing our abilities and passions for the greater good rather than descending into cynicism or despair was galvanizing. Wangari embraced this interpretation wholeheartedly. Yet it's clear that a more challenging, even provocative message lies within it. That message has more relevance than ever as hundreds of thousands of people, us among them, marched Sunday in the streets of New York demanding their leaders take urgent action to address climate change, and as heads of government, industry, and civil society gather at the United Nations for an unprecedented global-warming summit.
September 18, 2014 10:54am
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.
August 7, 2014 10:00am
This blog originally appeared on the Our Hen House website on July 23, 2014
Outside of the film's premiere at Vegan Hut in Beijing
Today, I'm excited to tell you about a screening tour across China of the 30-minute documentary WHAT'S FOR DINNER?
Providing a unique look into the rapid growth of industrialized animal agriculture in China, the film follows various people in Chinese society—from a retired pig farm worker to a vegan restaurant owner—and examines the impacts of the country's huge shift in food production and consumption on sustainability, public health, food security, climate change, and animal welfare.
WHAT'S FOR DINNER?
is a production of Brighter Green, a public policy "action tank" on environment, animals, and sustainability, for which I've been fortunate enough to work this summer, in addition to my internship with Our Hen House. You may remember Brighter Green's important work from OHH's interview with Jessika Ava on Episode 216
of the podcast, or from Jessika's collaborative feature
with Brighter Green Executive Director Mia MacDonald on the expansion of industrialized dairy production in Asia, based on Brighter Green's latest policy paper, "Beyond the Pail: The Emergence of Industrialized Dairy Systems in Asia