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Brighter Green at COP23

This year’s Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP23 for short) is taking place November 6-17 in Bonn, Germany (the COP is  formally hosted by the government of Fiji). (more…)

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Recent News

Fall Newsletter

To hear about the latest news from Brighter Green including, an upcoming weekend arts & animals festival, a new research paper, and the China Good Food Summit, we invite you to read our latest newsletter here.

To sign up for our newsletter, click on the link at the very top of Brighter Green’s website that says “sign up for our newsletter.”

October 18, 2017
Brighter Green Publishes New Discussion Paper on Fast-changing Food Environments and the Effects on Global Public Health

To mark World Food Day 2017, Brighter Green is releasing a new discussion paper, Chronic Disease, Changing Diets and Sustainability: The Globalization of Western-style Eating and Its Implications, that illuminates the public health and environmental challenges created by the rapid adoption in Africa, Asia, and Latin America of diets high in fats, sugar, processed foods, and salt. Fueled by the growth of industrial agriculture, trade agreements, marketing, and the power of “Big Food,” global plates are becoming more like those in the U.S. – and, as a result, less healthy, less sustainable, and less equitable. Five country case studies (Brazil, China, Mexico, South Africa, India) provide cautionary examples of how an increase in non-communicable diseases almost always accompanies a changing food environment. (more…)

October 16, 2017
Africa Animal Welfare Conference 2017

We weren’t able to make it to Nairobi for the The Africa Animal Welfare Conference – ACTION 2017 this year. But we were able to create a video talking about some of our work which was shown during the conference and well received by participants. The conference drew many different people and resulted in the largest gathering of animal welfare advocates on African soil to date. It was supported in part by our colleagues at the Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW). To learn more about the conference and to see conference presentations, click here.

October 12, 2017

Brighter Green at SB 46 Bonn: What’s at Steak? Land Use, Livestock, Offsets and the Climate Regime

Brighter Green will be collaborating with our colleagues at the Global Forest Coalition (GFC) and the Friends of the Siberian Forests (FSF) on an event at this year’s Bonn Climate Change Conference (SB 46 Bonn).

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Recent Events

Reducetarian Summit at NYU

Registration is now open for the ​Reducetarian Summit​, a two day conference by the ​Reducetarian Foundation​, which will bring together perspectives and technologies from all corners of the world to explore how to create a more equitable, compassionate and sustainable food system. The central question of the 2017 Reducetarian Summit is: “How do we as individuals, organizations, communities, and societies work to systematically decrease meat consumption?”

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February 2, 2017
What’s For Dinner to be Screened at the META HOUSE in Cambodia

Our documentaries, What’s For Dinner? and Six Years On, are being screened in Cambodia. This will be their premiere in Southeast Asia. The screening will take place at the META HOUSE on February 8th, at 7pm. Learn More

January 31, 2017
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.

December 8, 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.