A while ago Peggy Oki, an American skateboarder, surfer, artist, environmental activist, and Green School Bali’s graduation speaker of 2020, give an online talk at The Bridge about the wake-up call that the Covid-19 pandemic is giving to the planet. If you missed the talk, please watch below:
The talk suddenly brings an interesting discussion around Veganism that she wants to clarify. Please read the notes written by herself:
Many thanks for the opportunity to speak at The Bridge.
I would like to clarify that when I said “annoying vegans” it was with a bit of sarcasm because I might be considered one at times with my social media posts. I have always been an animal lover, and made the conscious decision to go vegan for ethical reasons.
To clarify my talk: The human race is facing a time to wake up to the environmental destruction we as a species has imposed upon Mother Earth. Scientists have been recently warning, as did Jane Goodall that unless this is addressed we will see even more pandemics of an intense scale as CoVid-19. Major issues of climate change, deforestation and habitat loss must be addressed if we are to continue as a species.
To further answer questions.
“Activism after the age of 50.” I would like to add that I have lived “straight edge” for pretty much 40 years. Its very rare that I drink coffee or any caffeine. I have pretty much always allowed the natural energy of my body dictate my activity which happens to be a lot. As I said, I exercise daily, on average 45 minutes to 2 hours. I practice yoga followed by meditation for about 45 minutes/day.
Question about producing soy for human consumption vs for animal agriculture.
From Cornell University: U.S. could feed 800 million people with grain that livestock eat, Cornell ecologist advises animal scientists
“Animal protein production requires more than eight times as much fossil-fuel energy than production of plant protein while yielding animal protein that is only 1.4 times more nutritious for humans than the comparable amount of plant protein, according to the Cornell ecologist’s analysis.”https://news.cornell.edu/stories/1997/08/us-could-feed-800-million-people-grain-livestock-eat
Union of Concerned Scientists:
“But in reality, a typical soybean is more likely to end up in a ham-and-cheese sandwich or a chicken nugget than a block of tofu. Only about 6% of soybeans grown worldwide are turned directly into food products for human consumption. The rest either enter the food chain indirectly as animal feed, or are used to make vegetable oil or non-food products such as biodiesel. 70-75% of the world’s soy ends up as feed for chickens, pigs, cows, and farmed fish.”https://www.ucsusa.org/resources/soybeans
Please also note regarding farmed fish:
Video clip illustrating rate of Amazon deforestation, an excerpt from “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret”
THE GOOD NEWS: Meatless May
“Dr. Zach Bush Explores the Power of Food & Nutrition to Transform Health – Redefining Medicine”
“If we are going to stay, we are going to have to work together. Politicians aren’t going to do it. We as consumers are going to have to make that change.”
“Call our representatives to allot funds to the workers, sustainable agriculture. “Quoting Dr. Bush at minutes 30:18 / 36:58
Documentaries to watch:
1) “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret” www.cowspiracy.com
Environmental topics of deforestation (“1 acre per second”), climate change, overfishing and bycatch, water pollution and ocean deadzones, culling wildlife including thousands of wild horses, world hunger, and more.
2) “What the Health” https://www.whatthehealthfilm.com
What the Health is the groundbreaking follow-up film from the creators of the award-winning documentary Cowspiracy. The film exposes the collusion and corruption in government and big business that is costing us trillions of healthcare dollars, and keeping us sick.
What The Health is a surprising, and at times hilarious, investigative documentary that will be an eye-opener for everyone concerned about our nation’s health and how big business influences it.
3) “The Game Changers” https://gamechangersmovie.com
Presented by James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jackie Chan, Lewis Hamilton, Novak Djokovic and Chris Paul — a revolutionary new film about meat, protein and strength.
Directed by Oscar®-winning documentary filmmaker Louie Psihoyos and executive produced by James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jackie Chan, Lewis Hamilton, Novak Djokovic, and Chris Paul, The Game Changers tells the story of James Wilks — elite Special Forces trainer and The Ultimate Fighter winner — as he travels the world on a quest to uncover the optimal diet for human performance.
Showcasing elite athletes, special ops soldiers, visionary scientists, cultural icons, and everyday heroes, what James discovers permanently changes his understanding of food and his definition of true strength.
For ethical reasons (free online) contains graphic content:
a) Sir Paul McCartney, “Glass Walls” on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/CBlvWB6HecA
b) “Earthlings” http://www.nationearth.com
“EARTHLINGS is a 2005 American documentary film about humankind’s total dependence on animals for economic purposes. Presented in five chapters (pets, food, clothing, entertainment and scientific research) the film is narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, featuring music by Moby, and was written, produced and directed by Shaun Monson.”
c) “Dominion” www.dominionmovement.com
“An Australian documentary
Exposing the dark underbelly of modern animal agriculture through drones, hidden & handheld cameras, the feature-length film explores the morality and validity of our dominion over the animal kingdom.”
Scientific American, Stopping Deforestation Can Stop Pandemics
Destroying habitats makes viruses and other pathogens more likely to infect humans
May 1, 2020
“SARS, Ebola and now SARS-CoV-2: all three of these highly infectious viruses have caused global panic since 2002—and all three of them jumped to humans from wild animals that live in dense tropical forests.”
Jane Goodall has spoken out again about the need for change after coronavirus.
She spoke at an online event held by Compassion in World Farming and said humanity will be “finished” if we don’t alter our food systems after coronavirus.
Goodall said that intensive farming was creating diseases that could spill out into society. “We have brought this on ourselves because of our absolute disrespect for animals and the environment,” Goodall said. “Our disrespect for wild animals and our disrespect for farmed animals has created this situation where disease can spill over to infect human beings.”
Doctors Petition USDA: ‘Tell Consumers COVID-19 May Be On Meat Products’
They said that slaughterhouses have ‘become a primary vector for the spread of coronavirus’
May 21, 2020 Includes video: “CORONAVIRUS: The Uncomfortable Truth” which further explains the connections between wet markets and industrialized animal agriculture.
“The petition, which filed by Mark Kennedy, vice president for Legal Affairs at the Physicians Committee, says: “Because these workers, who may be asymptomatic viral carriers, directly handle meat and poultry products, and because SARS-CoV-2 is easily airborne, remaining detectable for 30 minutes or more in air samples, transmission of the virus to the products they handle is likely.”
8 Things You Can Do To Help Save The Amazon Rainforest (includes petitions)
5) Make The Switch To Ecosia
Ecosia is a global internet search engine that plants a tree for every 45 searches run on their site. Founded in 2009, the German certified B Corporation uses donates large sums of its profits to fund reforestation projects around the world to fight deforestation, global warming, biodiversity loss, climate change and supporting local communities. In addition to operating in a carbon neutral fashion through being solar energy powered, the company is also a safer search engine for those concerned about privacy and security.
Meatless By the Numbers
It’s totally understandable that going meatless everyday isn’t for everyone, but going meatless just one day has a lot of benefits too. If everybody in the United States went meatless for just one day, the United States would save:
• 100 billion gallons of water, enough to supply to all the homes in New England for almost four months
• 1.5 billion pounds of crops that would otherwise be fed to livestock. That’s enough to feed the state of New Mexico for more than one year
• 70 million gallons of gas, enough to fuel all the cars in Canada and Mexico, combined
The United States would also prevent:
• Greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 1.2 million tons of CO2
• Almost seven tons of ammonia emissions, a major air pollutant
If every American skipped one meal of chicken per week and substituted it with a vegetarian meal, the carbon dioxide saved would be the same as taking more than half a million cars off the United States roads.
PETITIONS on the topic of ending wildlife trade, wet markets association with transmission of zoonotic: disease such as Coronavirus.
• Video & pledge recommended at end of my presentation.
“Join health professionals, conservation organizations, celebrities, and others in a global movement to call on our world’s governments to permanently end the commercial trade and sale in markets of wild terrestrial animals, for consumption, worldwide. The #EndTheTrade Coalition is urging the world’s governments to recognize that this is among the most important decisions that the global community can make to prevent future pandemics and global disruption. Visit the declaration page to learn more about the coalition and other groups that have signed on! Every voice counts.
• Tell Congress to Ban Wildlife Trade
“In the past 40 years, the worst human pandemics and epidemics — HIV, SARS, avian flu, swine flu, Ebola and Zika — all stemmed from trading or consuming animals and destroying their habitat.
The solution couldn’t be clearer: Ban wildlife trade to reduce disease risk and save animals from overexploitation.
Tell Congress to block trade now to save wildlife and help prevent future pandemics.”
• Support the Global Wildlife Health and Pandemic Prevention Act
“This bipartisan U.S. Senate bill would help end the sale of wildlife species in live animal markets for human consumption, a practice tied to the recent outbreak of COVID-19. The Global Wildlife Health and Pandemic Prevention Act would force the U.S. government to identify and shut down high-risk wild animal markets around the world that pose threats to public health and increase global capacity for zoonotic disease prevention, surveillance and response.”
• Tips for Safer Grocery Shopping During the COVID-19 Pandemic (includes video with some graphic content)
“Animal Equality has launched a worldwide campaign and petition calling for the immediate closure of wet markets across the globe. Wet markets get their name in part from the blood, guts, scales and water that soak the stalls’ floors, remnants from animals brutally killed for customers who desire to eat freshly killed meat.”