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Re: [vegetarian-9] New Facebook Group Page

From: Melissa E.
Sent on: Monday, July 16, 2012 1:25 PM
I don't usually respond to these things but since I'm a vegetarian from a family of hunters with a coal mining history I'm making an exception. 

My mother's family (both maternal and paternal) is from the mountains of West Virginia. Several generations have worked in the mines, despite the risks and regardless of any impact on the environment. When my grandfather saw family dying of black lung and in mining accidents he packed his young family up and moved away from WV and coal mining. He showed everyone who said that he was crazy for leaving the job security of the mines that there was a good life that didn't involve coal. 

When I became a vegetarian I knew I would get some harassment from my extended family. And I have. Most of it has been good natured but there have still been times when I've had to respond to an ignorant remark or two. Instead of saying what I was thinking (that their redneck, inbred thinking has created a vicious cycle of intolerable cruelty to the animals that share our planet) I simply say that being a vegetarian makes me happy and that I'm healthier than I've ever been. This response has created a willingness to discuss vegetarianism with me. And, when my son and I come to visit, everyone now has veggie meal options available for us. 

I understand the frustration and anger that makes us want to tell others that what they are doing is horrible for our planet and the life on it. But as my grandmother used to say, "You catch more flies with honey than vinegar." And, "Lead by example." It may seem trite but the phrases still apply. 

It would be nice if we could just tell folks that we're right and they're wrong and have it change things. Since that doesn't tend to work we'll just have to show them by example that our choices and our lifestyle are better for not just us, but everyone. 

Best,

Melissa

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On Jul 16, 2012, at 11:06 AM, "Don Robertson" <[address removed]> wrote:

Juan, you may not be fully aware of what a wonderful gift Facebook is to social justice causes, such as veg/ vegan/ and animal advocacy. I think that a boycott of Facebook would hurt our cause far more than it would bother them. I also think that attempting to force people into change is a poor substitute for education, encouragement, and relationship building. Your suggestion reminds me of the strategy of changing laws as a method of helping animals as opposed to winning over people's hearts and minds, which is where our best hopes truly reside. 

Peace... Don

 

"What if each waking moment could be used to reveal the love that I am..."

 

EARTHSAVE helps people make Healthier, Compassionate,

Earth-friendly Food Choices http://www.earthsave.org/

Baltimore Chapter events http://earthsavebaltimore.org/

EarthSave, Vegetarianism, and Me, by Don Robertson

http://www.vegsource.com/articles/robertson_earthsave.htm

 




From: [address removed]
To: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [vegetarian-9] New Facebook Group Page
Date: Mon, 16 Jul[masked]:52:09 -0400

The best way to "educate" them would be to let them know we won't use their site unless they start switching to renewable energy. 

To illustrate, I don't know if you guys followed the news that Apple decided to drop from the EPEAT green registry. The city of San Francisco reacted announcing they would stop using Apple products and as a reaction swiftly rejoin EPEAT. United we can accomplish many things!

J


From: Mark <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Sunday, July 15,[masked]:51 PM
Subject: Re: [vegetarian-9] New Facebook Group Page

...or perhaps, launch a campaign to educate Facebook's leaders about the consequences of their choices, and encourage to switch.
It's important to also bear in mind most Baltimoreans are running 80-90% on coal-based energy.

Mark

On 7/15/2012 6:25 PM, Juan Schoemaker wrote:
Hi all,

Since many of us were recently outraged by the documentary "The Last Mountain", a film that shows entire communities and ecosystems being destroyed by coal-mining, let me bring to your attention the fact that Facebook runs on coal-based energy 100%. Maybe it's time to show less indignation and more determination and get off Facebook and other companies that rely solely on coal, such as Amazon and Apple.

Cheers. Juan


From: Don Robertson <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Wednesday, June 13,[masked]:53 AM
Subject: [vegetarian-9] New Facebook Group Page

Hi Meetup Member,

I just created a new Facebook group page -  Earth Friendly Food Choices - It's a forum for discussion and a great way to support and encourage people from all over the globe to adopt a whole, plant-based diet. We can also connect with fellow veg, vegan, and animal activists to expand our outreach and effectiveness. Hope you will join us! http://www.facebook.com/groups/103906449752363/

I also host the Earthsave Baltimore Facebook group page, which is also about healthier diet and lifestyle but is just for local people. Would love it if you would share some recipes, and cooking and shopping tips with others, many of whom are beginners. This page is also a place where you're invited to share info about other health related events and practices. Hope to see you there! http://www.facebook.com/groups/EarthsaveBaltimore/

Peace... Don Robertson

 
"What if each waking moment could be used to reveal the love that I am..."
 
EARTHSAVE helps people make Healthier, Compassionate,
Earth-friendly Food Choices http://www.earthsave.org/
Baltimore Chapter events http://earthsavebaltimore.org/
EarthSave, Vegetarianism, and Me, by Don Robertson
 




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