Saturday 22 April 2017 was Earth Day. It was also Vegan Education Day. Perhaps this explains why there were more vegan and animal rights events occurring around Australia on that weekend than ever before: from vegan outreach, street activism and farm sanctuary open days to vegan nutrition seminars, markets, food events, bake sales, cooking classes, music events, social dinners, picnics, bushwalks and many more.
The previous Wednesday also saw 600 people pack the cinema to watch the Sydney premiere screening of the documentary What the Health.
The ever increasing number, range and size of vegan events show that veganism is on the rise, reaching more and more people and having a real and positive effect for animals.
Thank you to the hundreds of people who come together to organise these events in all parts of Australia. And thank you to the many tens of thousands of people who participate, enjoy, learn and educate.
You may be wondering what Earth Day has to do with this? The main focus of Earth Day this year was "environmental and climate literacy". As most of us now know, animal agriculture is one of the main sources of greenhouse gas emissions and thus contributes to global warming more than any other industry. To save the world from climate disaster we must both reduce the burning of fossil fuels and reduce animal agriculture. The growing acceptance of the negative impact on the environment by animal agriculture is one of the reasons more and more people are turning to a plant based diet and veganism.
The connection between Earth Day and Vegan Education Day is crucial. As an individual, the best thing that anyone can do now to save the earth is to become vegan.