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Executive Director Mia MacDonald Quoted in Civil Eats Article 1/26/15

Executive Director Mia MacDonald was quoted in Advisory Board member Anna Lappe's article on Chatham House's recent study on peoples' understanding of climate change and food, particularly meat production. You can view the Civil Eats article here.

New Report Released by Brighter Green and the Global Forest Coalition on the Unsustainable Impacts of Livestock and Soybean Production in Paraguay 1/22/15

Brighter Green and the Global Forest Coalition, published a new report entitled, "Meat from a Landscape Under Threat: Testimonies of the Impacts of Unsustainable Livestock and Soybean Production in Paraguay". You can access the report here.

Brighter Green Featured in NYC Meatless Monday Press Release 1/22/15

Brighter Green and Executive Director Mia MacDonald were featured in NYC City Council Representative Helen Rosenthal's press release on the push for NYC to adopt the Meatless Monday campaign.

Executive Director Mia MacDonald Appears on Our Hen House's Highlight Reel Podcast Episode 1/10/15

Brighter Green Executive Director Mia MacDonald appears on Our Hen House's highlight reel episode on January 10th. The original TV episode can be viewed here.

East African Girls' Leadership Initiative Program Update 1/10/15

Brighter Green and Tribal Link released a January Program Update on the East African Girls' Leadership Initiative. You can access it here.

Brighter Green and Humane Society International Publish COP 20 Policy Recommendations 12/4/14

Brighter Green and Humane Society International published a policy recommendation document on animal agriculture and climate change for the COP 20 meeting in Lima, Peru. You can access the document here.

Brighter Green Releases Summary on Forthcoming Nature's Rights Paper 10/14/14

Brighter Green released a summary of a forthcoming nature's rights paper entitled Nature's Rights: Rivers, Trees, Whales, and Apes.

Jim Harkness Positively Reviews "What's For Dinner?" 10/6/14

Jim Harkness Senior Advisor on China at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy positively reviews "What's For Dinner?" and interviews Executive Director Mia MacDonald.

Brighter Green Associate Interviewed by "Eating Animals" Director, Christopher Quinn 9/29/14

Brighter Green Associate Wanqing Zhou was interviewed by Eating Animals director Christopher Quinn. BG also provided Mr. Quinn Chinese contacts, including What's For Dinner? director Jian Yi, for the film.

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Whose Climate? Whose Ethics?

September 22, 2011 11:05am

Acacia trees near Kenya's Maasai Mara National Reserve

A colleague in Kenya talks of the necessity of Africa countries adopting "low emissions approaches to development." Another, Francis Sakuda of SIMOO (one of Brighter Green's partners in the girls' education and leadership initiative), writes of his experiments with green energy: he is working out ways of transforming the dung of Maasai pastoralists' cows into energy. He wants to refine his process for the common good -- not his own enrichment -- so that "people get an alternative source of energy to stop tree felling for charcoal." (Kenya's tree cover is just 2%. and energy poverty, including where Francis lives not far from Nairobi, is widespread) I began to wonder: are we expecting, or perhaps even demanding, that those in the global South practice a more advanced (or better) form of climate ethics than those of us in industrialized countries?

Do we anticipate that they will make strong commitments to greener development, e.g., avoiding full dependence on the fossil fuels we've used for centuries with little regard (until recently) for their global impacts? Do we assume that they'll protect their forests and carbon dioxide and biodiversity they contain, and plant trees, too -- including to offset emissions in the global North? Do we expect that like Francis, they'll work hard at a day job and in the evening work more to pioneer low carbon technologies? But if we do, what does this say about us and about how we conceive of and practice climate ethics (here's a link to a great discussion on the topic held recently at New York University)? It's a question that needs answering, even as Francis refines his dung to energy initiative.