Foodprint Resolution Introduced

A resolution (PDF) to reduce New York City’s collective and individual climate “foodprint” is introduced today to the City Council. Press conference and rally 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 1, on the steps of City Hall. All are welcome to attend.

Mia MacDonald Blogs from the Nobel Women’s Initiative Conference in Guatemala

Brighter Green Executive Director Mia MacDonald is blogging from the Nobel Women’s Initiative conference in Guatemala. Click here to read her daily posts.

New Links Added to Resources Section

New links have been added to the Resources section of this website that encompass some of the challenges that China is facing in its encounter with factory farming.

Mia MacDonald Blogging at

Mia MacDonald has a blog on attending the Nobel Women’s Initiative Conference in Guatemala, May 10–14. Click here to read it.

Brighter Green at The Future of Food Conference in Boston

Executive Director Mia MacDonald spoke on a panel entitled, “Eating Green: Food and Climate Change,” at The Future of Food: Transatlantic Perspectives conference. See PDF of Powerpoint presentation here.

Food First “Backgrounder” Drawn from Skillful Means Published

The latest issue of the “Backgrounder” policy newsletter series published by the Institute for Food and Democracy (Food First) is an excerpt from Brighter Green’s Skillful Means: the Challenges of China’s Encounter with Factory Farming. Click here to read or download the Backgrounder, “China and Industrial Animal Agriculture: Prospects and Defects.”

Brighter Green at Brooklyn Food Conference

Executive Director Mia MacDonald spoke at the May 2, 2009 Brooklyn (NY) Food Conference as part of a workshop panel, “Climate Change and the World’s Food Supply.” Her presentation is available as a PDF.

Wangari Maathai’s Challenge for Africa Published

Author, activist, Nobel Prize laureate and Brighter Green colleague Wangari Maathai’s latest book, The Challenge for Africa, was recently released by Pantheon. Maathai offers a compelling analysis of the problems facing Africa and the promises of the continent’s future. For an interview with Maathai about “Challenge” from NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” on April 23, 2009 click here. More about “Challenge” and Maathai’s recent U.S. book tour are available on the Green Belt Movement website.

Taking Root: the Vision of Wangari Maathai on PBS

“Taking Root: the Vision of Wangari Maathai,” a documentary film by Lisa Merton and Alan Dater about Nobel peace laureate and Green Belt Movement founder Maathai’s life and work will be broadcast on most PBS stations April 14, 2009.

Brighter Green Spring Newsletter

Welcome to Brighter Green’s spring ’09 newsletter and thank you for your interest in our work. Here’s what we’ve been up to, and what we’re planning.