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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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Updates from COP 18, the Climate Conference in Doha

November 30, 2012 10:30am

Xie Zheng, Chinese environmentalist/musician, featured in "What's for Dinner?"

Brighter Green is attending COP 18 in Doha, Qatar. Here is some of the latest news from the conference:

Xie Zheng—Chinese musician, activist, and environmentalist—featured in Brighter Green's documentary What's for Dinner? traveled from Beijing to Doha to speak at our side event at COP18 co-sponsored with Humane Society International and World Society for the Protection of Animals. He has a punishing schedule: only spending two nights in Qatar before heading back to Beijing for several events he has planned for this weekend, including a vegan party on Sunday afternoon. We were really pleased he could come to the climate conference and share his views on farmed animals and climate change in China, as well as the work of his NGO, Don't Eat Friends.

Another big question at COP 18 that is not fully answered: What is equity? Brighter Green uses this concept in its research and policy recommendations on climate change and animal agriculture . But one of the U.S. lead negotiators said he couldn't "sell" equity back in the U.S. and that in his view, the U.S. was contributing to climate change equity by supporting some of the developing country negotiators to attend the COP. Even some, he added, that don't agree with U.S. positions. Does that sound like equity to you? What does in the context of climate change, food security, and animal welfare?

Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) chair and Tanzanian government environmental advisor Richard Muyungi came to our side event at COP18 last night, giving us some time amid a very busy schedule of meetings and drafting sessions (the agriculture text(s) was being hashed out last night). He urged us to make our views known to more delegates, because they are important, which was great. So, from his lips to the delegates' ears. The event went well -- with very good presentations by Geoff Evans of HSI, Sofia Parente of WSPA, Xie Zheng of Don't Eat Friends in Beijing; Mia MacDonald moderated. Here's the invite we shared:

Climate Change & Ensuring Sustainable, Humane, Equitable Food Systems
Views from the North & South

Side Event Room 6

Agriculture can contribute to global warming by releasing GHGs (including methane & nitrous oxide) as well as help slow it by reducing/avoiding emissions. Speakers from North & South address ways to produce food using agricultural practices that are sustainable, humane, equitable & climate-resilient.

Richard Muyungi, Chair, SBSTA (invited; to be confirmed)
Sofia Parente, World Society for Protection of Animals (WSPA-International)
Geoffrey Orme-Evans, Humane Society International (HSI)
Xie Zheng, Chinese environmentalist and musician
Moderated by: Mia MacDonald, Brighter Green