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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 inSatya: 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.

Learn More

Recent News

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. (more…)

March 30, 2016
Lunar New Year Videos with English Subtitles

Brighter Green shared three videos in February 2016 compiled and edited by What’s For Dinner? director Jian Yi. The two longer videos are now available with English subtitles. Both are embedded below.

 

March 24, 2016
A Vegan in Norway: Food, Policy, and Public Attitudes

March 18, 2016

Mia MacDonald traveled to Norway in October 2015 to visit the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo and to be a tourist.  This blog is the first in what will be a four-part series on her experiences and observations related to food, policy, and public attitudes. Here’s a snippet from the blog (which can be read in its entirety here):

Oslo, Norway’s capital, has a reputation, which is deserved, for being expensive. When I visited the city 10 years ago, I recall eating a salad for lunch that cost about U.S.$25. It was very good, full of fresh field greens and raw vegetables. But the cost was about 2.5 times what it would have been in New York City, where I live and most often eat. So when I went back to Oslo in August, I planned to eat as little as I could and as cheaply. I was curious about whether veg*n cuisine had taken hold in Norway and how “veg-friendly” Oslo would be. I hoped I’d have more options to eat well and affordably than I’d had in 2004. I figured I wouldn’t eat a salad like that again, given the price!

Continue reading this blog in its entirety here

March 18, 2016
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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.

Recent Events

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
Brighter Green at COP21

From November 30th to December 11th at the United Nations climate change conference in Paris, France, known as COP21Brighter Green Executive Director, Mia MacDonald, and Associate Wanqing Zhou will be attending and presenting at events at the Parc des Expositions conference center in Le Bourget and in various civil society spaces. Here’s a list of what we’re doing (below). For more information and to stay informed about Brighter Green at COP21, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.)

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dec9_bg_partners_side_evet_final_flier_screenshotWhat: Meat: The Big Omission from the Talks on Emissions
When: December 9th, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Where: Observer Room 04, Le Bourget Conference Center (Parc des Expositions)
Speakers: Johan Rockström, EAT (Chair), Antony Froggatt, Chatham House, Jo Leinen, Member of the European Parliament, Alexandra Clark, Humane Society International, and Wanqing Zhou, Brighter Green

If one of the biggest contributors to climate change is meat and dairy production, why doesn’t it take a more central position in our strategy to combat global warming? Brighter Green partners with Chatham House and the Humane Society International to address how to highlight and continue to help remedy this global issue post-Paris. Associate Wanqing Zhou will present her new discussion paper, The Triangle, which explores the “triangle of factory farming” linking the world’s three biggest players in the meat industry (the U.S., China, and Brazil) as well as analyzes the dynamics shaping this triangle. She will also present Brighter Green’s documentary film What’s For Dinner?, which explores the rapid rise in animal production in China and how it impacts the rest of the world.


dec9_event_flyerWhat: Unsustainable Meat: The Impacts of Industrial Livestock and Feedstock Production on Climate and the People
When: December 9th, 2:50 PM – 4:20 PM    
Where: Centquatre Paris

What is environmental racism and how does industrial livestock and feedstock production perpetuate it? In this discussion, Brighter Green partners with the Global Forest Coalition and presents our work pertaining to the globalization of factory farming in Brazil, China, Ethiopia, and India as well as the industrialization of dairy in Asia.


dec10_gfc_livestock_event_flyerWhat: The Global Livestock Sector: Environmental, Social, Cultural, and Health Impacts
When: December 10th, 10.00 AM – 11.30 AM                       
Where: The Netherlands Climate Pavilion COP21 Paris

When we think about climate change, not only do we consider the environmental implications of global warming, but also its social, cultural, and health consequences. In this panel, Brighter Green, the Global Forest Coalition, CEIDRA, and Friends of the Siberian Forests will address the myriad of ways that the global livestock sector affects the globe—as well as how agroecology and food sovereignty can mitigate the climate crisis.

 


ADDITIONAL EVENTS 

What: CINE-CLIMAT Time to Choose by Charles Ferguson + debate
When: December 5th, 6:00 PM
Where: Grand Palais, Paris

We are pleased to announce that Brighter Green’s Executive Director Mia MacDonald is featured in the film Time to Choose. This event will feature Director Charles Ferguson, Jane Goodall, and California Governor Jerry Brown.

What: Time to Choose Screening
When: December 10th, 4:30 PM – 6:35 PM
Where: Climate Generations Area, Le Bourget Conference Center (Parc des Expositions)

We are pleased to announce that Brighter Green’s Executive Director Mia MacDonald is featured in the film Time to Choose. This event will be held with Civil Society as an official side event at COP21.

November 25, 2015

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.