January 6th - June 9th, 2021
Weekly on Wednesdays
In our first-ever meeting, we spent time getting to know each other and sharing what (or who) inspires us. Some of us are plant-based, some are plant-forward. Some are huge cat lovers, others have many siblings. Some have tons of activism experience and others are newbies. All are awesome!
Ever wonder how to effectively communicate your beliefs about the importance of veg living? We explored clips and tips from Earthling Ed, Bite Size Vegan, The Economist, and more and discussed compassionate and effective ways to share our beliefs. We also discussed the multitude of ways animals are used in our society.
We've been honored to host numerous guest speakers, from nutritionists to medical professionals, to sanctuary directors and documentarians. We've hosted the founder of Balanced, an incredible organization that helps individuals advocate for institutional menu change. Check our our speakers list!
Being veg can be a challenge. It can be frustrating and feel isolating. We got real about the issues veg teenagers face. Questions about protein and calcium. Being the only veg teen in school or in a friend group. We role-played how to respond to frequently asked questions about veg living using questioning, empathy, understanding, and facts. Have you ever heard of the concept of attractivism? We explored that, too. Check out the video to learn more about what vegan Harry Potter actress Evanna Lynch and teen animal rights activist Genesis Butler have to say on the topic! We're fans of both types of outreach. Get active and be attractive!
We tossed around ideas for the change we want to see in the world. Each member shared an idea for what our first initiative might be. Being constrained to a virtual initiative didn’t limit the creativity of the group. We discussed film showings, virtual potlucks, creating a PSA, and more . . .
During our pilot program, a free virtual film screening won! We had a lot of work to do to plan, including how to advertise and recruit, who would MC the event, who would introduce our special guests, and more.
In Session 2, we created an awesome resource for students to share with school and community leaders to advocate for plant-forward lessons to be incorporated into curricula. The template will be available for download soon. Use it to kickstart a change in your school!
Initiatives take a lot of planning and teamwork. For our first event, there was a ton to do to pull off a successful film screening and chat with the filmmakers. We designed promotional materials, figured out who was going to introduce the film and the speakers, and designated a member to send thank you notes!
In Session 2, we coordinated the letter-writing and resource compilation. It was a ton of work and a team effort, but we're really proud of how it turned out. Download will be available soon!
WHAT'S AN INITIATIVE?
How do people take initiative? So many ways! Before we brainstormed the action we wanted to take as a group, we discussed the many ways that people have advanced social change. Organize, agitate, educate, legislate, celebrate, and innovate!
FILM SCREENING & DISCUSSION
Our first-ever member-led initiative was a huge success! Our virtual film screening of The Ghosts in Our Machine attracted 30 attendees. We were honored to host the film's director, Liz Marshall, and the film's human protagonist, photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur, for a lengthy Q&A after the screening.
Plant-based Chef Kelly Kerr (aka The VeganAbler) has joined us twice and taught us some awesome recipes: creamy mac 'n' cheese, caramel popcorn, and sweet 'n' sour meatballs. Check out her recipes on our social media pages!