In October we celebrate World Vegetarian Month which brings awareness to the ethical, environmental, health, and humanitarian benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle. Help us draw attention to the veg~n way of life!
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” Dr. Seuss, The Lorax
1. Organise a special display at your local library, favourite cafe, store or workplace – we can provide posters check out our resources page – you can print them too.
2. Arrange a veg~n morning tea for your workmates
3. Movie night: arrange a DVD/film evening and invite your non-veg friends (some ideas: What the Health, Conspiracy, Raw, Okja)
4. Volunteer for us – help us create a kinder, healthier world. We need helpers for information stalls, admin tasks in the office and much more!
5. Get your library to buy vegetarian books (recipe books, books on ethics, veg strategies etc.) – suggest a purchase! You never know whose life that book may change!
6. Once you finish reading it, leave vegetarian magazines at a waiting room
7. Get a vegetarian bumper sticker for your car or bike
8. Wear your favourite vegetarian shirts and take a vegetarian tote bag with you everywhere (check out at one available at our webshop).
9. Calmly and respectfully answer questions about vegetarianism (yes, including those silly and annoying questions about protein :). Read about the benefits of vegetarianism (environmental, health, ethics).
10. Build a community – start your own veg group if you don’t have one in your area (let us know about it)
11. Download and print our ‘reasons to be veg’ pamphlet and distribute amongst your friends and family
12. Suggest to your friends to sign up to a veg challenge
13. Help us grow our Vegan Certification programme – Do you know a company making delicious vegetarian or vegan food? Why not encourage them to get their products approved?
14. Visit a sanctuary: spend some time with the animals we advocate for.
15. Encourage non-veg restaurants to offer veg meals
16. Do online reviews – restaurant owners care about online reviews, so praise the best vegan options at local restaurants or noting room for improvement is a great way to inspire change.
17. Be strategic: research how to become a more effective advocate. Recommended books: How to Create a Vegan World: A Pragmatic Approach by Tobias Leenaert or Striking at the Roots: A Practical Guide to Animal Activism by Mark Hawthorne
18. Add a positive message to your email signature such as a nice quote, a banner or a link to campaigns, free veg starter kits, or to our website.
19. Write letters to the editor: if you find an article in your local paper that is full of misinformation, write to the editor with well-researched facts.
20. Donate to a vegetarian charity of your choice (we are a veg charity too, just saying:) ).
21. Write a letter to a company: find out which companies test their products on animals and write a letter asking them to switch to humane alternatives.
22. Run for a good cause – raise money, challenge yourself and show the world that everything that meat-eaters can do, vegetarians can do better 🙂
23. Be healthy – there are no better advocates for our cause than thriving vegetarians. Make sure you eat a well-balanced diet to lead by example.
24. Join email campaigns – the message should be polite and civil.
25. Chalking – create eye-catching and inspiring messages in chalk on the sidewalk. Ideas: be kind to every kind.
26. Social media activism – bashing people with the brutal truth is not effective, keep it positive and inspiring.
27. Offer help to friends and family – sometimes people have good intentions but they are really clueless about how to start out. Mentor them for a while, go grocery shopping with them, show them recipes etc.
28. Use your talent – art, graphic design, photography, videography, music, etc. skills are invaluable in spreading a compassionate lifestyle. Be creative.
29. Practice how you talk about veg~nism – never attack, use non-violent communication.
30. Be a proud veg~n: when your GP praises your cholesterol levels or BP rate, your friend compliments you on your healthy weight, glowing skin or hair, tell them it’s because you are veg!
31. Take care of yourself – Activists, particularly if they are exposed to disturbing images and information are at risk of burnout. So take a break and pat yourself on the back. You can’t pour from an empty cup.
Keep an eye out on our facebook page/website for opportunities to get involved.
Do you have other simple activism ideas? We’d love to hear about them!
Don’t forget to take a picture of yourself doing activism and send it to us so we can include it in our magazine’s kindness corner! 🙂
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