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Words + Action: Climate Change & Food in the Mainstream

Check out our latest newsletter highlighting the last few months including recent news articles, events we’ve been a part of and helped to organize, as well as an update from our East African Young Women’s Leadership Initiative. Read the newsletter here and be sure to sign up for our mailing list, if you’re not already on it, at the top of the page.

October 25, 2018
Mia MacDonald and Gene Baur Write Third Op-Ed

Executive Director, Mia MacDonald, along with Gene Baur of Farm Sanctuary, have written a third op-ed together called “In order to ‘feed the world’ we must stop factory farming our animals” in the Hill. (more…)

October 15, 2018
Wanqing Zhou to speak at Yale and UPenn

Associate Wanqing Zhou will be speaking at two upcoming events about China, food, and the environment. (more…)

October 9, 2018

Affiliate Event – Global Climate Action Summit

Brighter Green will be at the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) in San Francisco from September 12-14th. Beforehand, on the 11th, we will be hosting an Affiliate Event. Learn More

Recent Events

Mia MacDonald Speaks at Canadian Association for Food Studies

The Canadian Association for Food Studies (CAFS) hosted a 3-day conference from March 27-29. Executive Director, Mia MacDonald, joined remotely to speak on the Pedagogy Panel. This roundtable included Steffanie Scott (U of Waterloo) as the session chair, Andrea Moraes (Ryerson University), Irena Knezevic (Carleton University), and Wanda Martin (U of Saskatchewan). The panelists spoke about their experiences with teaching about food system issues, especially in online settings. Mia touched on her experience with teaching The World on Your Plate: Food, Equity, and Sustainability at the Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability at Columbia University, which she will be teaching again this fall.

May 30, 2018
Meet Africa’s Animal Defenders

Please join us for an evening of conversation with Josphat Ngonyo and James Nkansah-Obrempong from Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW).

DateThursday, May 10th6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: Downtown Brooklyn, near Tillary and Gold Sts. (address provided with RSVP).
Nearest subways: DeKalb B/Q/R, Jay St. Metrotech F/A/C/R, Hoyt St. 2/3. Parking available in building’s garage.

Learn More

May 2, 2018

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.