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Executive Director Mia MacDonald Quoted in Civil Eats Article 1/26/15

Executive Director Mia MacDonald was quoted in Advisory Board member Anna Lappe's article on Chatham House's recent study on peoples' understanding of climate change and food, particularly meat production. You can view the Civil Eats article here.

New Report Released by Brighter Green and the Global Forest Coalition on the Unsustainable Impacts of Livestock and Soybean Production in Paraguay 1/22/15

Brighter Green and the Global Forest Coalition, published a new report entitled, "Meat from a Landscape Under Threat: Testimonies of the Impacts of Unsustainable Livestock and Soybean Production in Paraguay". You can access the report here.

Brighter Green Featured in NYC Meatless Monday Press Release 1/22/15

Brighter Green and Executive Director Mia MacDonald were featured in NYC City Council Representative Helen Rosenthal's press release on the push for NYC to adopt the Meatless Monday campaign.

Executive Director Mia MacDonald Appears on Our Hen House's Highlight Reel Podcast Episode 1/10/15

Brighter Green Executive Director Mia MacDonald appears on Our Hen House's highlight reel episode on January 10th. The original TV episode can be viewed here.

East African Girls' Leadership Initiative Program Update 1/10/15

Brighter Green and Tribal Link released a January Program Update on the East African Girls' Leadership Initiative. You can access it here.

Brighter Green and Humane Society International Publish COP 20 Policy Recommendations 12/4/14

Brighter Green and Humane Society International published a policy recommendation document on animal agriculture and climate change for the COP 20 meeting in Lima, Peru. You can access the document here.

Brighter Green Releases Summary on Forthcoming Nature's Rights Paper 10/14/14

Brighter Green released a summary of a forthcoming nature's rights paper entitled Nature's Rights: Rivers, Trees, Whales, and Apes.

Jim Harkness Positively Reviews "What's For Dinner?" 10/6/14

Jim Harkness Senior Advisor on China at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy positively reviews "What's For Dinner?" and interviews Executive Director Mia MacDonald.

Brighter Green Associate Interviewed by "Eating Animals" Director, Christopher Quinn 9/29/14

Brighter Green Associate Wanqing Zhou was interviewed by Eating Animals director Christopher Quinn. BG also provided Mr. Quinn Chinese contacts, including What's For Dinner? director Jian Yi, for the film.

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Doha: The Unlikeliest Climate Change Conference City in the World?

November 27, 2012 9:26pm
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Doha: Small country, huge bathrooms

Qatar has one of the highest per-capita greenhouse gas emissions on the planet, which is why some eyebrows were raised when the U.N. COP 18 climate conference was slated to take place in Doha, Qatar. Now that I’m here, some interesting conundrums are posed by having the summit in an oil-rich, fast-growing, small desert state, when sea levels are rising and "green growth" is becoming more than a buzz-word. The food at the conference center is surprisingly climate-friendly.

Even though the conference didn’t formally declare a "meat-free Monday," there were lots of vegetarian options and they seemed to be popular. I heard this morning an Al Jazeera correspondent say that the sight of recycling bins in the conference center was rather exotic. He said he and other Qatari residents had never seen such a thing here before. The conference is also trying to go "paper smart" if not exactly paperless: documents will be printed on demand by a team of friendly young people. Perhaps needless to say: the conference center itself is new and huge and gleaming, with the fanciest bathrooms I've ever seen at a climate summit—or any conference.

Brighter Green’s delegation comes from the U.S. and China, and will be hosting and participating in a number of events. Among them: a panel on climate change, sustainable agriculture, and the livestock sector on November 29th with partners at HSI and WSPA. We've also collaborated on a set of recommendations to negotiators on animal welfare, food security, and, of course climate change.