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Welcome to Brighter Green’s Summer Interns

We would like to extend a warm welcome to Brighter Green’s Summer Interns, Willa and Kiara! The help of interns, volunteers, staff, associates, and everyone in the Brighter Green network is a crucial part of making our work possible. We truly couldn’t do it without you. We’re so thankful Willa and Kiara have joined the team, and we’re looking forward to a productive summer of new projects and initiatives.

Read more about Willa and Kiara’s work:

Willa Broderick

Willa is an intern at Brighter Green and an undergraduate student completing a major in Sustainable Development at Columbia University. She is from Denver, Colorado, and began her work with Brighter Green in January of 2022. She is particularly interested in environmental policy, sustainability management, and climate mitigation. She is part of the 2022 Navab Fellowship program at Columbia University.


Kiara Ordonez

Kiara is an intern at Brighter Green and an undergraduate doing a double major in Economics and Sustainable Development at Columbia University. She is from Arequipa, Peru. Her experience as an environmental activist inspired her to work on climate and environmental policy, with an interest in pushing for climate adaptation in the Global South. She is part of the 2022 Navab Fellowship program at Columbia University, which connected her to the work of Brighter Green.

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Recent News

Bonn Climate Conference 2022: Unlocking the Potential of Protein Diversification to Build Resilient Food Systems

Brighter Green participated in a live streamed side-event at the Bonn Climate Conference on June 7, 2022. We joined ProVeg International, World Animal Protection, and a number of other organizing partners in the event. The event, “Unlocking the potential of protein diversification to build resilient food systems” was on Tuesday June 7 at 13.15 CET.

Animal agriculture currently accounts for 20% of total GHG emissions, and that is only one of its negative impacts. Global demand for meat is rapidly increasing, which will only make matters worse. We know it’s time to radically transform the way we produce food, and transforming the way we produce protein is a critical part of creating a more sustainable food system.

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June 3, 2022
April 2022 Newsletter: Listening to the Warnings and Taking Action

Recent reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) leave no room for doubt about the climate crisis. The current trajectory of emissions from the United States and other industrialized countries cannot be allowed to continue. Unless we make immediate, comprehensive changes to nearly all systems, including those pertaining to food, we’ll not meet the targets set by the Paris Agreement. We have to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels to avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis.

Although the window is closing on achieving 1.5°C, it still remains open. It’s encouraging, for instance, to see the IPCC addressing more directly the need for a global reduction in the consumption of animal products. We know that methane (CH4) is a fast-acting greenhouse gas, and a major source of the gas is animal agriculture, so reducing CH4 from factory farms could buy us time to lower other GHG emissions. Furthermore, transitioning industries from animal agriculture would not only reduce CH4, but lessen animal suffering and the threat of future pandemics from factory farms. (For a deeper dive into what the IPCC report says about food systems, animal agriculture, and plant-based diets, you can read an analysis done by the partner network we’re a member of, 50by40, here.)

In order to meet the climate goals, reaching net zero emissions, along with removing carbon from the atmosphere, will be necessary. All options for emissions reduction–including animal agriculture–must be on the table. (more…)

April 27, 2022
New Published Works by Brighter Green

Since our last update Brighter Green Executive Director Mia MacDonald recently published two important works.

The most recent is a book chapter called, “Maximum Plunder: The Global Context and Multiple Threats of Animal Agriculture,” featured in the recently published second edition of Ecofeminism: Feminist Intersections with Other Animals and the Earth. The chapter on climate change is new to the second edition and provides an overview of the global climate crisis from an ecofeminist perspective. The book draws on fields as diverse as animal studies, environmental studies, feminist/gender studies, and practical ethics.

Pick up your copy of Ecofeminism now.

Mia MacDonald also published an essay in the Health and Human Rights Journal, published by Harvard University. This essay argues that the global response to COVID-19 should lead to new thinking and action and a new relationship with the nonhuman world that is centered on mutuality and respect, not commodification and exploitation.

Read the essay in Health and Human Rights.

January 20, 2022

Watch: Ecological Justice and the Right to Health Virtual Panel

Watch the panel! Brighter Green and partners hosted a virtual event that explored making changes in our society, and indeed our world, to help people, animals, and the planet be healthy and thrive. Learn More

Recent Events

No More Omissions: Addressing the Ambition & Scale of Change Required in Global Food Systems

This event was live streamed on November 9, 2021 at COP26 in Glasgow Scotland.

Brighter Green participated in an official COP26 side event called, No More Omissions: Addressing the Ambition and Scale of Change Required in Global Food Systems. 

You can watch the event in the embedded player below, or on YouTube.

November 3, 2021
A Global Dialogue Across Borders: Best practices – and bold visions – for ensuring sustainable, climate friendly food is equitable and accessible, and the essential role of international cooperation and youth activism in bringing this about

Food and agricultural systems have an enormous impact on human lives, especially in vulnerable communities, the lives of other animals, and the ecosystems and climate on which all species depend.
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September 20, 2021
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

March 6, 2019

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.