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Brighter Green Associate Wanqing Zhou interviewed by Our Hen House 7/23/14

Brighter Green Associate Wanqing Zhou was interviewed by Our Hen House on Brighter Green's What's For Dinner? and China screening tour in June and July 2014.

Brighter Green and Partner Global Forest Coalition Published in "Square Brackets" 7/1/14

Brighter Green and partner Global Forest Coalition published their article "Implementing Aichi Target 3 in the livestock sector" in "Square Brackets: CBD Newsletter for Civil Society".

Brighter Green Releases June 2014 Newsletter 6/27/14

Brighter Green releases its June 2014 newsletter highlighting achievements and events in the first part of 2014. You can view the newsletter here.

Brighter Green Launches "What's For Dinner?" China Screening Tour 6/15/14

Brighter Green launches the China tour of the short documentary film "What's For Dinner?". The film is screened in multiple cities through July 2014 and provinces including Beijing, Shanghai, and Zhejiang province. To learn more please click here.

Brighter Green Presents at the Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption 6/11/14

Brighter Green Associate Wanqing Zhou presented her paper, "The Triangle: Factory Farming in the U.S., China and Brazil" in Shanghai, China at the Global Research Forum on Production and Consumption.

BG Partner Global Forest Coalition Releases Paraguayan Case Study 5/22/14

Brighter Green partner Global Forest Coalition publishes Paraguayan case study on the environmental and social impacts of unsustainable livestock and soybean production.

Brighter Green and Global Forest Coalition New Report and Briefing Paper 5/22/14

Brighter Green and the Global Forest Coalition announce the release of a new report and briefing paper on redirecting government support for unsustainable livestock production as the key to biodiversity conservation.

Brighter Green Appears in the Scientific American Magazine 5/20/14

The Scientific American article "China's Appetite for Meat Swells, Along with Climate Changing Pollution" references Brighter Green research as well as quotes Executive Director Mia MacDonald and Associate Wanqing Zhou.

What's For Dinner? Page on Icarus Website 5/9/14

Brighter Green's short documentary film What's For Dinner? is now featured on Icarus Films' website, WFD's North American distributor. Visit the website for more information on screening or purchasing the film.

Brighter Green Releases Policy Brief of "Beyond the Pail: the Emergence of Industrialized Dairy Systems in Asia" 4/28/14

Brighter Green released the policy brief for the most recent policy paper, Beyond the Pail: the Emergence of Industrialized Dairy Systems in Asia. The brief, available here, provides a succinct summary of the paper and recommendations.

Brighter Green's film What's For Dinner? to be featured in the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital 3/21/14

Brighter Green's short film What's For Dinner? was recently selected to appear in the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital. It appeared on March 19th at 12PM in the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, along with a discussion partnering with the China Environment Forum.

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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

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2012
20:15-21:45
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.

Speakers:
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