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Berkeley Vegan Earth Day 2013

The Berkeley Vegan Earth Day will be a fun-filled, action-packed day that focuses on the intersection of veganism and the environment. There will be a bevy of knowledgeable speakers, an eco chef battle, interactive Q&As, food demos, a panel discussion, and a film screening of Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home.

Location: David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way at Oxford St., Berkeley. Near downtown Berkeley BART.  Time: 11 am to 6 pm.  I’ll be speaking at 12.45 on how people who avoid meat are helping to save endangered species.

  • We will have a series of speakers throughout the day, starting at 11:15 AM sharp.
  • At any given time, there will be two to three speakers or events going on at once, including an eco-chef battle, the showing of the film Peaceable Kingdom, and food demos
  • There will also be vendors selling and/or sampling their vegan and eco-friendly products.  Come hungry!
  • There will be a variety of amazing food for sale, lovingly made by catering companies and restaurants that are a part of this event.  Plus, of course, many items to try out before you decide just how much of it you want to purchase to bring home with you!

Even if you can only attend for a portion of the day, you don’t want to miss this fun, educational, and inspiring event.


It’s not too soon to think about sustainable holidays. Valentine’s Day first. From an article I wrote for Lafayette Today, a local print newspaper, here are some tips I suggested. (The full article can also be found here).

Give time, not things. Take someone you love for a walk outdoors. Offer to help clean up a cluttered garage. Take him or her to a concert of favorite music.

Make a donation to your loved one’s favorite cause.

The classic romantic dinner.  A restaurant meal is not guaranteed to be romantic. In the crowd on Valentine’s Day, the restaurant might like you to hurry so they can seat the next diners, or refuse to customize your request. You could create a romantic dinner at home (using sustainably farmed ingredients, of course!), or dine out on the weekend or on February 13.

Having a party?  Try alternatives to all those paper and plastic goods that probably came all the way from China, destined for an American landfill.  Serve finger foods so that guests only need napkins, or use plates that you can wash.  Or rent plates, glasses, and silverware to make an elegant dining experience.

Single? Treat yourself to a massage. Have a day at the spa. Check out the gently used books at your local second-hand bookshop.

This year, make the earth your valentine!