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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.

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Meat Heat

September 17, 2008 8:39am
militant cows

One perspective...not Boris'

So far September's been a pretty good month for shedding some light on the connections between meat and global warming. First, Brighter Green's policy paper on China and factory farming has gotten a good reception. Fall forward. More heat. The catalyst: UK-based Compassion in World Farming sponsored a dialogue-shaping lecture in London with Rajendra Pachauri, head of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Dr. Pachauri's topic? Meat and the climate. He urged, without dancing around the topic, people to eat less meat, starting with one meatless day a week and expanding from there. The day before Dr. Pachauri's talk (I was in London, although unfortunately had to leave before the event) the UK Observer, the Guardian on Sunday, made its lead story the meat-climate story and an interview with Dr. Pachauri . The headline: "UN says eat less meat to curb global warming." Nothing ambiguous about that.

Time magazine also covered Dr. Pachauri's lecture and produced a thoughtful piece on meat and climate change. Not to be outdone, London's voluble new mayor, Boris Johnson, also weighed in on Dr. Pachauri's analysis -- rather less thoughtfully. In a column full of his trade-mark "Boris bluster" he poked fun at the UN and the "UN man" and suggested the UK hold feasts of meat and name them for Dr. Pachauri. Man is an omnivore, Johnson declared, and it's curbing global population growth -- not meat -- where public and policy attention should be. Father-of-four Johnson didn't refer to his own production and consumption habits. Nor did he leaven his screed with many facts, including that Western meat consumption is still much higher than that in less developed regions . . . but that with the globalization of the Western consumer lifestyle, per capita meat and dairy consumption is rising rapidly, much faster than population growth rates.
Case in point: well, China, of course. (See the Brighter Green policy paper -- if you haven't already.)

While the mayor was waiting on lines for omnivorous meals at the Beijing Olympics while observing the scant lines for "salad" (an anecdote he relates in his column), he may well have usefully been reading -- the policy paper. Maybe he will have by the time the Olympics get to London in 2012. Even as summer in the northern hemisphere winds down, it's clear the heat is on.