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Earth Day Potluck & Speaker Keith Akers: Climate Change and Veganism- An Update

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Join us for our fun, monthly vegan potluck! This is a great opportunity to get to know others in the group. For those who are new to veganism, welcome! Here is your chance to try lots of delicious vegan food!

PRESENTATION: Come hear Keith Akers talk on “Climate change and veganism — an update”

Livestock agriculture is a key cause of climate change, but what is livestock’s contribution to this problem? In the recent book EAT FOR THE PLANET, the authors cite two conflicting figures: 14.5% of greenhouse gas emissions from livestock, or 51% from livestock. Wait a minute! These are very different figures — one is over three times greater than the other. What’s going on here?

Keith will help you understand why these estimates are so divergent, and will link climate change with numerous other environmental problems that are waiting in the wings: peak oil, mass extinctions, water shortages, and soil erosion. We are persistently unable to act on climate change because we face limits to economic growth; truly effective action on climate change would mean basic lifestyle changes, especially for the advanced industrial countries. Rather than using our cleverness to delay or deny the inevitable, we need to embrace these limits and transform our culture.

About the speaker: Keith Akers, a vegan for 37 years, is a writer,
speaker, and activist. He is the author of A VEGETARIAN SOURCEBOOK: THE NUTRITION, ECOLOGY, AND ETHICS OF A NATURAL FOODS DIET (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1983) and THE LOST RELIGION OF JESUS: SIMPLE LIVING AND NONVIOLENCE IN EARLY CHRISTIANITY (Lantern Books, 2000), and has been published in “Vegetarian Times” and “VegNews.” He is working on a new book about the environment, veganism, and social change. He has been active in the vegetarian and vegan movements for over 30 years, serving on the boards of the Vegetarian Society of D. C., the Vegetarian Society of Colorado, the International Vegetarian Union, and is currently a co-organizer of Denver Vegans meetup. His web site is
http://www.compassionatespirit.com/.

WHAT TO BRING:

• A vegan, gluten-free vegan or raw-vegan dish (All vegan please: no meat, bacon, eggs, poultry, fish, dairy or honey) that serves 8 with a recipe card or list of ingredients. If you do not know what to bring, please contact Denver Vegans leadership.

• Your own utensils and reusable place setting

• $2.00 cash fee to cover our rental space

We gather at 6 p.m. and eat at 6:30 p.m. The presentation will begin following the meal. We hope to see you there!