By overturning Roe v. Wade and siding with the state of West Virginia to weaken national efforts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, the U.S. Supreme Court has limited the equity and rights of millions, if not billions, of women and also men and children. These rulings are hostile to facts and the true exercise of justice. They also go against the expressed wishes and interests of the American people and will have dire impacts for people in the U.S. and around the world who are living amid a climate emergency and multiple inequalities. The Court is trying to turn back history — and reality. We have to look forward and continue to act for rights, justice, and equity.Learn More
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 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 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.
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.June 3, 2022
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
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
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
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.