|International Vegetarian Union (IVU)|
35th World Vegetarian Congress
'Food for all our futures'
Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland
July 8-14, 2002
The Vegetarian Society
of the United Kingdom
is the founder and executive director of Trees for Life, a project working
to restore the Caledonian Forest in the Scottish Highlands. A member of
the Findhorn community since 1978, Alan is a frequent speaker at international
conferences on environmental issues and is currently spearheading the
Restoring the Earth project which promotes restoration of degraded ecosystems
as the most important task for humanity in the 21st century.
Hi Alan - sorry I couldn't make it to Congress.
Thanks for your question, which is a very important one. I've been a vegan for 23 years and it's essential in my view to live with the qualities of integrity and coherence between a concern for the environment and the impact of our personal lifestyles. Becoming vegetarian, or better still vegan and eating only organic foods, is one of the most powerful and significant acts which anyone can make in terms of helping to make a positive difference for the planet.
I believe that it's essential for those of us who are aware of the changes we're helping to bring about by changing our diets in this way to communicate this message to environmental organisations, to stress the critical links between meat-based diets and environmental destruction, and encourage them to add the cause of vegetarianism or veganism to their campaigns. The best way to do this in my opinion is through the power of a positive example - to make the changes in our personal lives and then approach them with a positive message of encouragement, rather than just a negative and critical one.
I hope this is helpful!
With best wishes,
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