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Mia MacDonald Teaching Course at the Earth Institute

Brighter Green’s Executive Director Mia MacDonald is teaching a course at Columbia University’s Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability. The course is part of the Institutes’s Executive Education Program, allowing professionals from all sectors to gain the knowledge and tools to make sound decisions about business activities and policy practices that impact the environment. Mia’s course provides an overview of the multiple and varied intersections among environmental and social factors involved in food production and consumption, and is called “The World on Your Plate: Food, Equity, and Sustainability.” The course runs through early October.

 

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Recent News

Rio 2016: Fighting Deforestation while Selling Burgers

The 2016 Olympics kicked off in Rio, Brazil with the opening ceremony on August 5th. During the event there was acknowledgement of climate change with images that illustrated rising temperatures, melting polar ice caps, and rising sea levels. Following these images there was narration about how the host country would plant a seed for each athlete after the ceremony, implying that this could be one way to combat deforestation and climate change (of course, this gesture doesn’t change the various scandals and incidents preceding the games in Rio). (more…)

August 16, 2016
ChinaFit Expo 2016: Vegan Health Trending?

Brighter Green Associate Wanqing Zhou traveled to China in June and attended the 5th ChinaFit Convention and Trade Show in Beijing. She was one of the lead panelists at the Health Nutrition & Vegan Forum.

Wanqing reported that around 10,000 came to the larger expo and 180 bought tickets to the Vegan Nutrition and Health Forum. She shared her photos and experiences from her trip to Paraguay in November 2014 (including deforestation, soy plantations, and related struggles for indigenous groups), eco-agriculture in the U.S., and farm-to-table examples in Japan. (more…)

July 18, 2016
Jian Yi Screening Films at Shanghai Foreign Correspondents’ Club

Monday July 11, 2016
7:00 – 9:00 PM (talk starts at 7:30 PM)
The Apartment, 4th floor, Yongfu Lu, near Fuxing Lu, Xuhui
50RMB for SFCC members; 150RMB non-members
Price includes drinks and canapés
Click here to RSVP

Just weeks after a successful screening event of his films What’s For Dinner? and the sequel Six Years On at the Beijing Foreign Correspondents’ Club, filmmaker and Brighter Green colleague Jian Yi will show both films at the Shanghai FCC. He was invited to show the film following China’s Ministry of Health’s recently-published dietary guidelines urging citizens to eat less meat.

July 6, 2016
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Jian Yi Screening Films at Shanghai Foreign Correspondents’ Club

Monday July 11, 2016
7:00 – 9:00 PM (talk starts at 7:30 PM)
The Apartment, 4th floor, Yongfu Lu, near Fuxing Lu, Xuhui
50RMB for SFCC members; 150RMB non-members
Price includes drinks and canapés
Click here to RSVP

Just weeks after a successful screening event of his films What’s For Dinner? and the sequel Six Years On at the Beijing Foreign Correspondents’ Club, filmmaker and Brighter Green colleague Jian Yi will show both films at the Shanghai FCC. He was invited to show the film following China’s Ministry of Health’s recently-published dietary guidelines urging citizens to eat less meat.

Recent Events

Special Screening Event at Beijing Foreign Correspondents’ Club

Monday June 20, 2016
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The Bookworm, Building 4, Nan Sanlitun Road, Beijing, China
书虫 北京市朝阳区号楼,南三里屯路
Free for FCCC Members, 40 RMB for Bookworm Members, 60 RMB for Non-Members

This event will feature the screening of two of Jian Yi’s short documentaries. First – What’s For Dinner? (2009) a look into the rapidly growing consumption of meat in China and the increasing industrialization of agriculture. Through interactions with people across Chinese society, the film examines the impact this big shift in food production and consumption is having on sustainability, public health, food security, climate change, and animal welfare. Following will be Six Years On (2015) revisiting the places and people (including the film crew) in the 2009 film and poses questions about the future of the country’s food production and consumption.

Following the films will be a presentation by May Mei, Chief Representative of WildAid China, featuring two short videos on WildAid’s meat consumption and climate change information campaigns.

The event will conclude with a panel discussion with Jian Yi, May Mei, and Brighter Green Associate Wanqing Zhou.

June 16, 2016
{bio} graphies: Meet British Writer Alex Lockwood

Thursday June 30, 2016

6:30 PM – 8:30 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.

Alex Lockwood, the author of THE PIG IN THIN AIR, the latest addition to Lantern Books’ BIO graphies series, will be making his only New York City stop in his tour. Join him to discuss animals, social media, climate change, writing and the politics of representation.

Alex Lockwood, Ph.D., is a writer, educator, and activist working in the fields of literature, creative writing, media, environment, and Human–Animal Studies. He has published widely on Rachel Carson and her legacy for contemporary writers. He lives in Newcastle, United Kingdom, where he writes about animals, vegan life practices, and running for the Guardian, Like the Wind magazine, Earthlines, and other publications. He is a director of the Vegan Lifestyle Association and a member of the Research Advisory Committee for the Vegan Society 
See all books by Alex Lockwood

June 15, 2016
Mia MacDonald, Wanqing Zhou, and Dawn Moncrief to Speak at Special Screenings 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 Charles Ferguson, Erich Pica, and executive producer Tom Dinwoodie. Purchase tickets here.

Location: Landmark 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 together at a Washington D.C. screening event. Purchase tickets here.

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

Date: Saturday June 4, 2016 at 4:30 PM

June 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.

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.