Weekly Newsletter from Christian Vegetarian Association CVA - October 10, 2019
From Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA)


  1. Activist Feedback
  2. Book Review - We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast by Jonathan Safran Foer
  3. All-Creatures.Org Ministry

1. Activist Feedback

I leafleted for a little over an hour at Joyce Meyer here in Columbus this evening (8/23). I passed out 130 leaflets - not a super heavily attended event.). I'll go back for a second round tomorrow morning.

Thanks!
Liz


2. Book Review - We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast by Jonathan Safran Foer

Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of the powerful and popular book Eating Animals, which focused on the massive abuse of animals who have been raised for food. We are the Weather looks at the role of animal consumption on climate change as well as the prospects for mitigating the problem. Foer acknowledges that some people, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, remain doubtful that humans are contributing to climate change. Indeed, President Trump has claimed that human caused climate change is a Chinese hoax designed to cripple the U.S. economy. Nevertheless, most people agree that climate change is a growing crisis that threatens future generations of humans. Yet, few people have taken one of the most powerful steps toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions Ė adopting a vegan diet, or at least reducing animal consumption dramatically.

Foer explores the barriers to change, and he acknowledges that the factors that most incline humans to act are largely lacking when it comes to climate change. Among the difficulties: the problem is most pervasive in the distant future, individual action has a negligible effect, and it is difficult to see the effect of climate change in everyday experience. Meanwhile, there are social and psychological barriers to adopting a plant-based diet.

Interestingly, Foer acknowledges that, despite his conviction that it is the wrong thing to do, he occasionally eats meat. While some readers will likely be disappointed by this admission, it dramatizes the problems associated with human motivation. Few people are more motivated to be vegan than Foer, yet he still finds it difficult to permanently abstain from animal products.

Perhaps it is better to be brutally honest than to have unrealistic expectations that an informed populace will surely do the right thing. Despite the challenges, in the end Foer does offer readers a glimmer of hope.


3. All-Creatures.Org Ministry


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