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Wangari@80: Remembering Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai

Nobel laureate for peace Wangari Maathai would have been 80 years old today. Executive Director Mia MacDonald wrote this tribute (Wangari_Remembered) to her mentor and friend. Along with our colleagues in Kenya at the Wangari Maathai Foundation and the Green Belt Movement, we’re celebrating Wangari’s life, legacy and the values that propelled her work, which still have huge relevance today. To join in or learn more about the Wangari@80 initiative, please visit @WangariMaathai in social media. Mia’s tribute begins this way: Purpose: that for me was the essence of Wangari Maathai. She worked long hours, didn’t waste time, and maintained a punishing travel schedule, particularly after 2004 when she became the first African woman and first environmental campaigner to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Recent News

Spring 2020 Newsletter

With COVID-19, Global Food System Transformations and Restoration of Ecosystems and Species Protections are More Needed than Ever (more…)

March 26, 2020
Good Food Fund and Brighter Green Being Considered for Food System Vision Prize

A proposal led by our partner organization in China, the Good Food Fund (GFF), is in the second round of the global Food System Vision Prize. Brighter Green is part of the consortium working on the prize vision. (more…)

March 23, 2020
Brighter Green Signs on to Letters to Public Officials

Brighter Green has signed on to several recent letters to public officials and institutions in support of plant-based diets, public health, and welfare and rights for wild and domesticated animals in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and revisions underway to U.S. dietary guidelines. (more…)

March 20, 2020

Joint Side Event at UNEA-4 in Nairobi, Kenya

The fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) is taking place from March 11-15, 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya. Learn More

Recent Events

Brighter Green at COP24

Brighter Green will be at this year’s Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24 for short). It’s taking place from December 3-14, 2018 in Katowice, Poland. Learn More

December 4, 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

September 5, 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.

The Asia Program

Linking activists and organizations from across Asia and other parts of the world, the Asia Program focuses on the development of sustainable food systems through knowledge exchange and public education. Our work focuses on China, but we are expanding to countries across the continent. We have produced documentaries, published policy papers, organized speaking tours, and hosted conferences to foster critical, collaborative engagement on climate change and food systems across Asia.

Global Factory Farming

Intensive animal agriculture constitutes one of the greatest contributors to climate change. In an effort to expand awareness of the negative effects of factory farming, Brighter Green has produced policy papers, briefs, and short documentary videos that examine the globalization of factory farming through the lens of climate change, with a focus on the Global South.

International Climate Advocacy

Brighter Green collaborates with organizations from all over the world to bring attention to climate change and sustainable development. Through our International Climate Advocacy program, we empower individuals and groups to work together to resist deforestation, cope with erratic rainfall, and foster adaptation and resilience to climate change by creating paths to sustainable development.

Vegan America Project

Combining writing, presentation, and research, the Vegan America Project uses veganism as a lens through which to examine complex issues related to climate change. This project focuses on food security, animal welfare, and social transformation, and considers how the United States might reimagine food systems in the Anthropocene.