Join us for great food and conversation at our monthly vegan potluck! Remember, you don't have to be vegan or vegetarian to attend. Just show up with a vegan dish to share with at least 8 people. Vegan simply means no animal products — no meat, dairy, eggs or honey.
Please also remember to bring your own plate, cup and silverware utensils. We would like to make this a waste-free event.
We are deeply grateful to the Sonoma Humane Society for continuing to make their classroom available to us for our potlucks and other events. The Sonoma Humane Society is just west of Llano Rd. on the north side of Highway 12, between Santa Rosa and Sebastopol (look for the big metal dog). You can park around back if you'd like, the classroom is the furthest left door on the back of the building. For more information: CompassionateLivingOutreach.org.
After dinner presentation.
Veganism and Climate Change
Climate change is a symptom of a larger sustainability crisis for our industrial civilization. This sustainability crisis is reflected in all the hockey-stick graphs on consumption, population, health-care costs, global temperature, etc. that are demanding a fundamental sea change in human behavior within the next decade or so.
Healing the climate is about healing ourselves, our relationships with each other and with the planet. It requires an inversion in the nature of industrial civilization and the principles of Vedanta point to Veganism as the “Ur Movement” or the source from which all social justice movements can accomplish their respective goals and thus achieve such a mass civilizational transformation within industrial society. Using stories from the Rig Veda and his personal experiences, Dr. Rao will show why Veganism is such a powerful step in the evolution of human consciousness and how it can be promoted within our current paradigms.
Dr. Sailesh Rao's Bio:
Dr. Sailesh Rao is the Executive Director of Climate Healers, a US 501c3 non-profit that is aiming to regenerate forests over one-sixth of the ice-free land area of the planet. While Climate Healers was originally focused on providing solar cook stoves to households who live near forests so that they don’t have to burn wood for cooking, its fieldwork clearly showed that the primary cause of the deforestation was the consumption of dairy and meat by the affluent community. Therefore, Climate Healers has begun to spread awareness and promote Veganism in order to reduce the destructive pressure on forests. During Sevathon 2012 in California, Climate Healers hosted the first ever Vegan Oscars to highlight inspiring stories of ordinary people who have turned Vegan and awarded the first Vegan Oscar to Danny Dalton, the Raw Vegan body builder from Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition, Climate Healers is working with US universities, especially the University of Iowa, on a Stored Energy Solar cook stove that can be utilized by the forest communities to cook their meals at night, as is their custom.
Prior to starting Climate Healers, Dr. Sailesh Rao was the Director of Communication Systems at Intel Corp., Director of Communications Architectures, Level One Communications, Inc., co-founder and developer of the IEEE Gigabit Ethernet on Copper standard, which is still the workhorse of internet data centers even today. He has over 50 standard contributions to the ATM Forum and IEEE 802.3 CSMA/CD Working group, and holds 10 US patents and 3 Canadian patents.
After watching former Vice President Al Gore’s slide show in December 2005, Dr. Rao made a significant change in his career. He became a member of Al Gore’s The Climate Project, which spreads the word on climate change, and then founded Climate Healers in 2007 where he currently works full time.
Dr. Rao holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University awarded in 1986, a M.S. from SUNY Stony Brook in 1982 and a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 1981.