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Animal rights activists and folks who know animal ag is responsible for the greatest percentage of our earth's crises represented at People's Climate March.Animal rights activists and folks who know animal ag is responsible for the greatest percentage of our earth's crises represented at People's Climate March.

Vegan Message Passionately Conveyed at People’s Climate March

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While I definitely consider myself an activist — on behalf of animals, the planet and people — it’s rare you’ll find me marching or rallying. I don’t know why that is exactly. I participated in the March for Women’s Lives in Washington, D.C., in April 2004 and the Rally to Restore Sanity, also in D.C., in October 2010, but that’s the extent I can recollect. I walk for farm animals with Farm Sanctuary, raising money to support their life-saving work, but there ends my poster toting and chant reciting.

My brand of activism falls more along the lines of practicing what I preach (living and breathing vegan) and disseminating the vegan message far and wide. Be it via what I’m wearing/carrying (“This? It’s Jil Milan, a swank vegan handbag brand!”), what/where I’m eating (“When you visit NYC, you must dine at Candle 79! Blossom on 9th Avenue! Pure Food & Wine!”) or what I’m writing — actual articles or otherwise (think social posts featuring #govegan and the like).

Then the People’s Climate March materialized. Though I hadn’t given it much thought before a few weeks ago, I knew for a fact that what the mass gathering would demand is more reasonable people touting the truth about animal agriculture. Given it’s responsible for the majority of our earth’s crises (think greenhouse gases, ocean dead zones, wildlife extinction, deforestation, water waste, air pollution, global hunger, etc.) while the majority of people (self-proclaimed environmentalists included) eat meat, dairy and eggs (or even “just” dairy and eggs), the vegans have an obligation — indeed a duty — to speak up. So I signed on to participate, chants and all.

What follows are a handful of photos I snapped (or appeared in) during yesterday’s momentous event, which estimates are projecting drew over 400,000 to the streets of NYC.

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The rainbow of colors adds interest to the important messaging.

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Lantern Books’ Martin Rowe encourages onlookers to go vegan with a sense of levity. Also see his tee.

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Kids even make an appearance, exhibiting their love of planet and animals. Lisa Revelli with son Jack, 9.

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) gets clever with costumes.

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This “vegan ninja” does double duty, hoisting the inflatable cow and carrying a cardboard sign.

Organization Collectively Free breaks it down with their visually compelling content.

Organization Collectively Free breaks it down with their visually compelling content.

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Canadian director Mark Achbar dresses the part and waxes philosophical, Descartes-style.

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Groundbreaking documentary “Cowspiracy” is well represented by fan Cindy Finch.

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With Marisa Miller Wolfson, of “Vegucated” fame.

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Some meaningful signs laid out on Central Park West at 72nd Street, awaiting our time to march.

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“Seeking vegans to save the planet.” Sounds about right.

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An inflatable dairy cow wends its way through Times Square, thanks to Boston’s World Animal Net (WAN).

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Three filmmakers: Mark Achbar of “The Corporation” and Keegan Kuhn and Kip Andersen of “Cowspiracy,” in from Canada and California respectively.

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Even at the end of the day we bumped into more of “our people” spreading the good word.

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Husband and wife Michelle Leon and Motti Lerer looking tee-riffic while walking.

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Canary yellow seems to be the theme for this plant-based bunch.

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Anne Sullivan photo bombs PETA volunteer Jannette Patterson.

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With the ever active “Cowspiracy” team, Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn. It was so humid outside, the blazer didn’t last long…

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  • sista dana

    I hope that your presence was obvious to all. I hope that people begin to make the connection. thank you!!

    • Definitely. Quite a few people told me “I’ve been seeing a lot of vegans today” 🙂

      • Eriyah Flynn

        yes, those 400+ free Nonviolence United Vegan Shirts provided by Vegan Shift created a unified image. 🙂

  • The climate march was amazing. So proud to be there with the vegan contingent.

  • Eriyah Flynn

    Hi, Nell! If you really want to keep your “finger perpetually on the pulse of this burgeoning scene” you will want to connect with Vegan Shift, the group that equipped the Vegan hub with over 400 Nonviolence United VEGAN shirts VEGAN banners and VEGAN flags for a visual impact of solidarity throughout the parade, as well as provided NYC Vegan Resources Guides. We have a plan for a rapid world vegan shift; for the US, our goal is within the next 10 years. I would love to share our vision and have your support. We have events going on all week for Climate Action Week NYC. Today we will be across the street from (in front of 810 Deli & Cafe) the NYC Sheraton at Times Square on 7th and 52nd from 10 am to 3 pm to influence the heads of state attending the Clinton Global Initiative. President Obama is expected to be there. http://www.VeganShift.org

  • MaryFinelli

    Fish Feel was there with this large poster to give representation to aquatic species (and all others). Outrageously, the oceans were completely absent from the U.N. climate summit.

  • Siraganda

    Great article – great manifestation – great people!

  • Support Small Farms

    Too bad the film cowspiracy is based on a false premise especially since filmakers had zero clue that the authors intent of the 2006 FAO Long Shadow report was to “intensify” meat production not reduce it. See: http://goo.gl/qN7Ds6 So it is very ironic that vegans have adopted industrial talking points to also attack sustainable ranchers.

  • betterdaysahead

    Nice work fellow vegans!!

  • Jan Carrie Steven

    I loved this article. Thank you so much!

  • Frank Chernega

    P.E.T.A. = People Eating Tasty Animals :>)

    • Taylor Barry

      No bull shit no organic gardens

      • Eriyah Flynn

        Evidently y Taylor is ignorant of the fact that veganic “stock free” farming has been sucessfully producing rich, nutrient dense soils and produce for nearly 30 years (possibly longer than hydroponics?). Consider watching Making the Connection by the Vegan Society, the entire film is a mere 30 minutes and chapter 5 covers veganic farming. Google is your friend.

  • Taylor Barry

    Meat Eaters rule VEGAN old Indian word mean bad hunter

  • Great event! Wonderful pictures. Go vegan!

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