This past week for Earth Day, Banana Slugs for Animals set up a giant tarp sent to us by Peta2 on the lawn by the Humanities building at UC Santa Cruz. The tarp was 20×30 feet and represents the size of the rainforest cut down every 1/10th of a second for meat production! We also passed out flyers about the environmental impacts of our food choices. It’s frightening when you get down to the nitty gritty facts about our food system and that’s why it’s so important that we all do our part and try to make a change.
This was my first time leafleting and so I had a mixture of emotions. I was excited to hopefully hand someone information that might change their mind about what they eat or at the very least get them thinking, but I was also nervous that someone might get angry or confrontational because emotions run high when discussing our food system. Luckily most people were pretty receptive and it was kind of cool to see people do a double take when they realized what the tarp represented.
One professor was passing us and he stopped when he saw our sign, rummaged in his bag and then passed me a paper and said “This is what we’re reading in my class today.” It was all about the environmental affects of eating animals! Pretty cool. He even invited us into his class to talk to his students about our food choices and what we were advocating for.
We also held a screening of Cowspiracy that night and though we only got a few people to show up, those that did seemed genuinely interested. We also served vegan popcorn and cookies so those that came got to enjoy some yummy snacks! I love that documentary. It’s so powerful and I encourage everyone to see it. We need to start changing now in order to keep our planet habitable.
Earth week was so awesome on campus because there was vegan options everywhere and lots of talks happening about our food system. It should be like that all the time! Hopefully one day it will be.
Here’s a little Earth day inspiration and humor: