Brighter Green at COP21

Brighter Green at COP21

From November 30th to December 11th at the United Nations climate change conference in Paris, France, known as COP21Brighter Green Executive Director, Mia MacDonald, and Associate Wanqing Zhou will be attending and speaking at events at the Parc des Expositions conference center in Le Bourget and various civil society spaces. Here’s a list of what we’re doing (below). For more information and to stay informed about Brighter Green at COP21, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.)

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dec9_bg_partners_side_evet_final_flier_screenshotWhat: Meat: The Big Omission from the Talks on Emissions
When: December 9th, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Where: Observer Room 04, Le Bourget Conference Center (Parc des Expositions)
Speakers: Johan Rockström, EAT (Chair), Antony Froggatt, Chatham House, Jo Leinen, Member of the European Parliament, Alexandra Clark, Humane Society International, and Wanqing Zhou, Brighter Green

If one of the biggest contributors to climate change is meat and dairy production, why doesn’t it take a more central position in our strategy to combat global warming? Brighter Green partners with Chatham House and the Humane Society International to address how to highlight and continue to address this global challenge post-Paris. Associate Wanqing Zhou will present her new discussion paper, The Triangle, which explores the “triangle of factory farming” linking the world’s three biggest players in the meat industry (the U.S., China, and Brazil) as well as the dynamics shaping this triangle (historical and current). She will also discuss Brighter Green’s ongoing work in China, organized around its documentary film What’s For Dinner?, and suggest relevant policy and public education measures post-COP21.

dec9_event_flyerWhat: Unsustainable Meat: The Impacts of Industrial Livestock and Feedstock Production on Climate and the People
When: December 9th, 2:50 PM – 4:20 PM    
Where: Centquatre Paris

What is environmental racism and how does industrial livestock and feedstock production perpetuate it? In this discussion, Brighter Green partners with the Global Forest Coalition and presents our work pertaining to the globalization of factory farming in Brazil, China, Ethiopia, and India as well as the industrialization of dairy in Asia.

dec10_gfc_livestock_event_flyerWhat: The Global Livestock Sector: Environmental, Social, Cultural, and Health Impacts
When: December 10th, 10.00 AM – 11.30 AM                       
Where: The Netherlands Climate Pavilion COP21 Paris

When we think about climate change, not only do we consider the environmental implications of global warming, but also its social, cultural, and health consequences. In this panel, Brighter Green, the Global Forest Coalition, CEIDRA, and Friends of the Siberian Forests will address the myriad of ways that the global livestock sector affects the globe—as well as how agroecology and food sovereignty can mitigate the climate crisis.


We are pleased to announce that Brighter Green’s Executive Director Mia MacDonald is interviewed in the new climate change documentary, Time to Choose, directed by Charles Ferguson (Academy award-winning director of Inside Job and No End in Sight). Time to Choose will be screened twice during the COP in Paris:

What: CINE-CLIMAT Time to Choose directed by Charles Ferguson + debate
When: December 5th, 6:00 PM
Where: Grand Palais, Paris

This event will feature director Charles Ferguson, Jane Goodall, and California governor Jerry Brown.

What: Time to Choose screening
When: December 10th, 4:30 PM – 6:35 PM
Where: Climate Generations Area, Le Bourget Conference Center (Parc des Expositions)

This screening is being held as part of the climate change film festival at the COP’s official civil society space. We are pleased that the cinema venue at Climate Generations is named in honor of Wangari Maathai. the late Nobel peace laureate,  pioneering environmentalist, and Brighter Green colleague.