On Earth Day

April 21st, 2013 - filed under: Furthermore » Inspiration

First thing in the morning, Waits and I danced from room to room around the house, burning sage.

This is not the post I’d intended to write.

“Happy Earth Day!”, is how I imagined the opening, since today (Monday) is actually, officially, Earth Day. “Although if you celebrate Earth Day, you probably already did that over the weekend.” That’s what would come next.

My plan was to spend all day Sunday at the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival, an enormous annual 2-day eco-loving extravaganza. Did you know that it was a 1969 oils spill off the coast of Santa Barbara, that led to the creation of the very first Earth Day in 1970? So our festival is famous and we do it up right . . . well, at least we’re supposed to.

And my plan was to spend the day there with Waits, and take lots of pretty pictures, and then Sunday night I would write a reflective post on this precious planet of ours.

I did go to the festival, and I did spend all day there. But now, Sunday night, I don’t feel so much like writing that post anymore. I actually just kind of feel like crying.

Today I saw a young cow, living, black and soft and quiet, on display behind a farm gate while workers at that booth handed out coupons for a dollar off their hamburgers.

Today I watched, horrified, as people crowded in to “hold the baby chicks”. The same group of chicks, for 7 hours straight. Passed roughly from hand to hand, over and over, and over and over. One squeaking afraid, in pain, because a toddler was pinching the neck. His mom just wasn’t really watching, I guess? My friend shook her head, “Those chicks are going to die – they’ll be dead in a few days. There’s no way they can survive this trauma.” 7 hours straight. 2 days in a row.

There are times when I find myself in unexpected, difficult situations, and I can rise to meet whatever challenge may be presenting itself. I have snarled fierce and fearless into the face of a man who had roughed up a girlfriend. I have thrown my body onto hot pavement, into traffic, in protest. I’ve called folks out – friends and strangers alike – on their racism, their homophobia, their prejudice. And I’ve stood up for animals.

There are other times, when I find myself in unexpected, difficult situations, that I just. shut. down.

Today I watched a turkey, a big proud male resplendent with his plumage, who had been set free to wander near a booth. Children would run up to “pet” him – approaching cautiously, full of nervous energy, then quick like lightening striking out with their hand, and then screaming, and then running away. Adults did it too. Chasing him.

I was stunned, and all I could think to do was to explain to Waits, VERY VERY LOUDLY, why we would not be spending our time near the turkey. “Do you see baby? His mouth is wide open and he’s panting – it’s because he’s terrified. He doesn’t want to be touched. He’s so scared and he’s trying to tell us, he doesn’t want us to touch him. We’re going to leave now because he’s afraid and he doesn’t want us here.”

Today, I am ashamed that I didn’t do more.

Bottles collected on the beach.

Today, at Earth Day, I had to call in an order at a Vietnamese restaurant a few blocks away, because there was LITERALLY NOT A SINGLE THING I COULD EAT FOR LUNCH. It was meat meat cheese meat meat cheese eggs and meat. And funnel cake.

And I wandered the food court and I just couldn’t help but think, “What a disconnect.”

It made me sad, but mostly it made me MAD. I spent the whole day traversing that park, and I didn’t see a single vegetarian-focused booth (it’s possible I missed one?). No vegan outreach, no food, no representation at all. At an Earth Day! In a day and age when we know for a fact that the choice to eat meat has infinitely more of an environmental impact than choices regarding transportation, energy efficiency in the home, water conservation, etc.

What a disconnect.

I had a great time at Earth Day this year. I hung out with my amazing kid all day long, I spent my hours with friends old and new, I soaked up the big bright beautiful sun, listened to live music, saw some cool exhibits and vendors.

But my heart was heavy when I left, and I’m still processing what I witnessed today. Lucky for me, I’m the kind of person who takes sadness and anger and uses it as kindling to forge a big ‘ol fire under my ass. I have plans now, big plans, for some big changes to next year’s Earth Day.

And the mantra “Be the change you wish to see in the world” has been chanting itself in my head all night.

Why wasn’t veganism represented at Earth Day? Because I wasn’t there representing it.

Why were those animals being publicly tortured? Because we haven’t been hollering our oppositional voices loudly enough.

So that’s my lesson, Earth Day 2013.

Consider my fire re-ignited.

  • J Buesch

    Do it, girl. Do it big. I’m shaking my head in anger with you and I’m SURE you can be that change.

  • http://twitter.com/wakeboardergirl Jenna

    Thanks for this post! I was at SB Earth Day on Saturday and left feeling very disheartened. I walked through the food court area last and couldn’t believe the lack of vegetarian, let alone vegan options!! But like you, what really just ruined my day was seeing those animal suffer. The cow was pacing in its little corral behind the sign for “grass fed beef” and nearby was a goat tied up with no walking room. When I was there the turkey was behind a little gate but still looked scared :( . The baby chicks was the worst thing to see. I can understand the kids excitement but listening to them squawk as they were dropped and grabbed at was almost unbearable. I stood there for a few minutes, proudly displaying my I Love Farm Sanctuary bag and almost said something. I wish I would’ve.

    But alas this has rekindled the fire inside me to step up and raise awareness. I would love to reach out to places like Farm Sanctuary or Mercy for Animals and have them have a booth next year. We have to be the change!!

  • The Cookie Fairy

    Well done, you! I can’t wait to see what you’ll do for Earth Day next year. I sort of missed it — not a lot of publicity in the UK for Earth Day, I guess — so not sure what I can do today to make a difference.

    But this post totally resonates with me. Yesterday I watched a really powerful documentary (Miss Representation, I think you’d like it if you haven’t seen it yet) and it just made me SO angry, I wanted to do something. So I talked to a few girlfriends and we’re making a plan. “Be the change you want to see in the world” is definitely my new motto.

    Thanks for this post, Sayward, it was a pleasure to read, as always!

  • http://twitter.com/wakeboardergirl Jenna

    Love this quote as well.

  • http://curiohortus.wordpress.com/ mallow

    Terra needs more actively mindful people! I’m the only person I know personally who is the ‘change one wants to see’ and I’ve found in my attempts to help as many people help the earth that there is a very fine line between that, and preaching. Especially with people who believe they ‘don’t have the time to worry about it’… I’ve found that assembling the info, creating a means to access it, and letting them come is albeit a very slow but effective and much less abrasive way of going about it i.e. you running a stall next Earth day! Good luck with it deary :3

  • Desdemona

    I can see why you were so upset; the “petting zoo” thing has always perplexed me, since I’ve never understood how penning up animals so that they can’t get away from small children (who may not know how best to approach or touch them) teaches “respect” for them. And of course handing out hamburger coupons next to a living cow seems like a particularly tasteless – see what I did there?- joke, but the worst part is the large number of attendees who took those coupons, admired the pretty cow, and never put them together in any meaningful, logical, or ethical way. I often find myself weirded out by this violent disconnect between people who “love” animals and “care” about the environment, but claim to do so while eating chicken “nuggets,” but as you so rightly point out – we can’t really complain about a lack of vegan voices if we don’t make ours heard. So thanks for this post, for the difference you already make, and for the ones I know you will make to next year’s event. Happy Earth Day!

  • cass

    i come to this blog to be refreshed, to be reminded that someone else cares. it’s hard – i’m living in a place where no one else around me shares the same ideals, and i’m the only one who Doesn’t Eat Animals. i don’t speak the language well (yet!), and i struggle every day with a partner who doesn’t see why eating chicken is a problem.

    but my life is so, so great otherwise. and offers me the opportunity to constantly educate those around me. but how do i do that without completely alienating myself? or making others feel that i’m against their ancient culture, their way of being? i feel so stuck, some days, being the foreigner and trying not to appear like a judge-y baka gaijin.

    this came out sadder than i meant! i mean to convey my love and respect for who you are and what you do, sayward. your posts inspire me.

  • Judith

    Hi Sayward,
    I’m actually crying right now. This is so sad. I don’t know how to find the right words. I guess I wouldn’t have been able to speak out loud, too. Because seeing such injustice (especially towards animals) always makes me endlessly angry but also sad and in such situations I just cannot speak, especially if such a situation hits me unprepared.
    I can relate to what Cass says, that on the one hand we want to educate people on the consequences of eating meat and mistreating animals and on the other hand we don’t always want to be the pain-in-the-ass vegan. Cause if you annoy people, they don’t listen to what you have to say anyway. I feel it’s a huge dilemma.
    Thumbs up for your veganization of the next SB Earth Day!!!

  • Lilyray

    Love love love this post :)

  • Emily Hartman

    This is very unfortunate. I went to the one in San Diego and, while not as large as last year, was still amazing. You should try to make it down here next year. There are LOTS of vegan outreach tents as well as even more animal protection programs. Most of the food is vegetarian or vegan with just the occasional meat here and there. It’s a lot of fun. You would love it!

  • http://twitter.com/carrieonvegan Carrie

    Sayward, I would totally be willing to work with you to represent veganism at the festival next year. Baby steps, but change can happen. Thank you for your honesty.

  • Bettina

    Dear Sayward,

    As you can see from the previous comments you are not alone. :)

    I think I was feeling the same way on Sunday, when I had to endure a family meal organised by my sister. One of the main courses consisted of slices of baby cow with a sauce of a fish that’s been driven to near-extinction (tuna). :/ I was the only one who was served a different dish. So probably everybody there thought I should be glad I was given what I wanted. But the thing is, it’s not about a preferred diet. I think it’s ethically wrong to eat animals. So being surrounded by people who were obviously convinced killing animals was absolutely okay, I felt really miserable, angry and sad.

    But then my parents – very shy people who usually try their best not to step on anyone’s toes – made my day by protesting by pointing out they were vegetarians. :) I knew they stopped eating meat quite a while ago, but I thought they still ate fish. Also, I’d never heard them refer to themselves as vegetarians. So there: people do change!
    Don’t give up hope! I think it’s a great idea to turn your sadness and frustration into a project, and I’m sure we’ll all help you with that: by giving you moral support, providing ideas, and trying out your ideas on the people close to us.


    PS: My parents are 70 and 69. And my niece, who is 14, refuses to eat meat too. :)

  • Morgan Gates

    Second this! I have lived in Brooklyn for just over a year now, but grew up in San Diego. It’s a great community and Earth Day festivities there are always great.

  • Kristina

    this makes me sad and mad too – Sayward, I want to come down there next year and represent with you!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002038855507 Kevin Talmadge

    Great post…very real. I am happy to say that the local veg group had a grat outreac at my local Earth Day fest, and that I was inspired to volunteer for the next event, and definitely the next Earth Day…UGoBanzai!

  • Rachel Fesperman

    Hey Sayward, Just wanted to say thank you for this post. I’m often upset, astonished, and alienated when i go into public spaces, and often it’s because of the cruel treatment of animals and lack of vegan presence let alone food options. This post brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing your experience with the honesty that you did.

  • L Everman

    “Be the change you wish to see in the world” . I had to post this on FB (giving you credit, of course) and inviting people to read your post today. I am not vegan, I am not vegetarian; but it brought tears to my eyes; maybe guilt; definitely thinking hard.

  • Deirdre

    Light it up sister.

  • cherry

    So sad! The earth day in my city is actually run by the vegan group and it’s 100% vegan. Most people who come are not vegan so it’s an awesome outreach opportunity. Hope it encourages you to know there is a festival just like you would have wanted somewhere in the world. :-) Happy Earth Day, you are helping it a lot by being you.

  • http://twitter.com/RevelinginRaw Reveling in Raw

    Our society is built on one disconnect after another, isn’t it?! I admire your attitude after being in this heinous situation. From the looks of the comments, you’ve inspired some more fire-under-butt moments for people and are already collecting local support for your big plans. You go, vegan rockstar!

  • http://windycityvegan.wordpress.com/ Monika {windycityvegan}

    FUCKING A, Sayward.

  • Tara

    Remember your rage and indignation. Let it fuel something great.

  • skeptk_vegan

    Thank you so much for this post. I could felt like I was walking through the festival with you and experiencing your emotions. All I’ve been able to think about is trash now that the snow is melting and I now know it’s time to get out there and start cleaning up the streets myself.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=673840327 Stephanie Portnoff

    I LOVE THIS. It’s nice to know that there are people in the world who feel the exact same way I do! My friends think I complain a lot but I don’t understand how they AREN’T angry at what is going on in the world.

    I’m so glad that you decided to funnel that anger/sadness into something positive =]

  • http://www.facebook.com/ingrid.holden.3 Ingrid Holden

    this was an incredible, sad, beautifully written post. good job. may that fire burn bright!

  • lysette

    You’ve re-ignited my plan to tithe earnings to animal outreach organizations. Thank you for your inspiring honesty. I am grateful you blog :)

  • Rebecca

    While I totally understand why many of the things at this event bothered you (and while I also totally see the benefit for having vegetarian/vegan options available) I feel that non-vegan options is not exactly a disconnect.

    Yes, you can get into the arguments of the amount fuel, methane, etc. of animal products vs. plants. And, while that is often true, there are also options that definitely lower that carbon footprint so-to-speak (i.e. raising your own chickens for eggs).

    I definitely agree a mostly plant-based diet is ideal), there are plenty of so-called vegetarian/vegan “foods” out there that have a hefty carbon of there own (I’m referring to the processed junk that unfortunately often creeps into many people’s diets..vegan/veg or not).

    However, beyond that, I recoiled a bit when reading “disconnect” in regards to there being non-vegan options. While I eat a mostly plant-based diet, I do occasionally eat meat (as responsibly as I possibly can), eggs, and a bit of dairy. I also am a major supporter of the environment…using as few resources as possible…recycling and REUSING as often as I can…among many other endeavors. I do not feel that non-veg options is necessarily a “disconnect.”

    Again, I *TOTALLY* think it would have been fantastic to have vegan/veg options available! I probably would have been first in line. However, equating non-vegan food with a disconnect honestly made me a bit hurt/upset. Luckily, I “know” you (as much as a reader can know a blogger via the internet!) and know that was *totally* not your intention. You were simply frustrated and angered at what you saw (and at being darn hungry! ha ha) Just wanted to bring this to the forefront as it definitely jumped out at me when reading your awesome, insightful blog (and I am sooooo happy you’re back!)

  • Jen

    Who would think Santa Barbara would be so clueless? Wow. The disconnect with some Eco events is quite baffling at times. I once gave a presentation (on the harp seal slaughter) at a save-the-earth/beach clean-up event for high schoolers and guess what they served the kids afterwards? Pepperoni pizza!

    Have you ever heard of Worldfest? It’s a solar-powered, all-vegan festival in L.A. It’s on May 19th and might restore your faith in Earth celebrations. Check it out when you get a chance: http://www.worldfestevents.com/ My friend is one of the organizers, so let me know if you’d like to get involved with it in some way and I can get you the information you need. They always need lots of volunteers and it’s a really fun event! Maybe you can get some great ideas on how to make Santa Barbara’s Earth Day Festival more Eco-friendly for next year. :-)

  • Alanna

    I think the “disconnect” was ebodied not only in the absence of non-vegetarian / non-vegan food options, but also in the treatment of the animals that were on site as part of the fair.

  • Rebecca

    And, again, I understand the bewilderment, anger & frustration regarding the treatment of the animals. However, I wouldnt say the lack of vegan/vegetarian options an earth day disconnect. There are plenty of us flexetarians ( and even meat eaters for that matter) that are still strong, after supporters of environment.

  • Alanna

    I’m not disputing that a flexitarian or meat eater can also be environmentally conscious; I think maybe our debate here is centered more around language choice than content. When you say “lack of vegan / vegetarian options,” it sounds to me like you are referring just to the food offerings at the event, whereas my interpretation of Sayward’s account of the weekend (and her use of the word “disconnect”) also included the treatment of the animals that were there. Whether or not you agree with the use of that term, I think it’s important to consider all that term encompasses in this context.

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Thanks lady. ♥

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    I know what you mean. I wish I would have done more, I was just dumbstruck into silence I guess. Anyway, I’m glad you felt the same way. Will you email me? Let’s plan a change for next year’s earth day! info AT bonzaiaphrodite DOT com

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Thanks for the commiseration, and I’ll definitely look out for that documentary!

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    One of the very best. =)

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    I agree 100%, as soon as you come off as preaching, people tune out. It’s all about non-judgement and information. <3

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Hey Rebecca, I appreciate your thoughtful comment, but I do think I disagree. To be clear, I do not think that meat-eaters are inherently “bad” people, and I hope you were not personally offended but what I wrote. If you were, I’m am truly sorry. To me it sounds like you have very much made *the connection*, as you said yourself “I definitely agree a mostly plant-based diet is ideal”. And I would MUCH rather have someone be *mostly* veg/vegan as a sustained lifestyle, than try to go 100%omgperfecthardcore! vegan and find it too difficult, and then go back to full-on omni.

    But that’s an individual experience, and I wasn’t talking about individuals. I was talking about the event as a whole. The the fact is that someone who organized that event, someone at the top, made decisions about the food court. And either one of two things *had* to have happened: either A) the thought of including vegan options didn’t even occur to them, or B) it was brought up and they actively decided it wasn’t worth the time/trouble/whatever. Either way, I do very much think that there is a disconnect there.

    Let me make a comparison to try and illustrate my point. I drive a Subaru. I love my car, but I recognize – because I am intellectually honest – that it is not the *best* vehicle for the environment. If I could be driving a Prius or other hybrid vehicle, I would (Damian just got a new car and he chose a zero emissions model – yay!) but I am not in the financial position to make that choice right now. I don’t think that makes me a bad person!

    So, do I judge someone for not driving the most fuel-efficient car on the market? Of course not. But would I think that there was some serious cognitive dissonance happening if someone were to say to me “I drive an SUV and I don’t think it’s any less environmentally friendly than an electric vehicle, and I think we should be promoting SUVs at Earth Day” . . . ? Well yes, yes I would.

    And that’s what it felt like. It was as if the organizers were showing off a bunch of fossil fuel-dependent cars in the middle of Earth Day. it’s not that people who drive these cars are a$$holes, but it’s Earth Day! It’s supposed to be the higher standard, the educational opportunity, the . . . inconvenient truth. And the environmental destruction of a global meat-appetite IS an inconvenient truth. There is simply no way around it, and I do not believe that’s a matter of opinion.

    I hope this helps to illustrate where I was coming from when I wrote this piece. Like I said, I didn’t mean to judge any individual for their choices. I am not perfect (at ALL) and I believe anyone who is actually thinking about these difficult issues is a freakin’ rock star.

    But that’s just it – at this event, it wasn’t even a thought.

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    I spent some time with my friends talking abotu that very thing – how people could admire the cows, enjoy the chicks, and then turn around and go eat them in a matter of minutes. I really, really don’t know how to gently guide people into making that connection, but it is THAT connection that seems fundamentally important.

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    I feel you Cass, that is a really tough one. I think that you can cover a lot more ground by just living as a bright shining example, instead of actively seeking out discussion. Just by being the vegan int he room, graciously declining animal foods and showing all the amazing delicious things you can eat instead – this reaches people more than we sometimes realize.

    I think when you stand up for what you believe in, sometimes you just have to be willing to be alienated. Sometimes, you WILL be the odd man out, you WILL be the only one int he room doing what you’re doing (or declining). But finding that place in yourself of peace and inner strength, really helps. For me, just picturing the faces of happy pigs (like this – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=–LeOoohGrM) helpd calm and center me and puts a big smile on my face, so that I can face the situation from a place of love and respect. It’s easier to be alienated when you are centered in your power and KNOWING you are doing the right thing.

    I hope that helps some. It’s hard, no matter what. But the internet is huge and full of so many amazing supportive wonderful vegans! You have lots of community here. =)

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Oh man, I want to go to this! This looks like heaven! I’m totally going, thank you!!!

  • Rebecca

    Thanks for the response and explanation. I think the best way I can put it is that, to me, Earth Day is quite far-reaching in its implications. So, while one of the many aspects of Earth Day is Veganism for you, it is not so for me and, I’d assume, for those planning the event as well.

    I honestly have a feeling the organizers simply did not think about it (although the cow thing is quite disturbing!). As I know you do too, I’d like to assume the best about those involved in the event and, in doing so, think that Earth Day simply has different meanings for them. (compostable dishware and cutlery, promoting awareness of wastefulness, education and so forth).

    Again, to you, veganism is part and parcel of this. But, to many, it is not. To take your example and run with it on a bit of a tangent: To me, it would be like somebody selling bicycles at an Earth Day event. Plenty of people would think promoting cycling as a mode of transportation is fantastic and totally in line with the values/ideals of the day. However, there are those who would find it appalling to be peddling wares (peddling…pedaling! bikes..get it!) that take energy and resources to produce instead of promoting walking instead!

    While not an exact parallel to your response, I think this illustrates how what is considered eco-friendly is relative and that even the most eco-minded of us have different focuses when it comes to the cause.

    Always enjoy the civilized debates on this site/comments :) I am pretty much a lurker on every other blog and can’t believe how snarky some people can get!! It’s all about expressing our opinions and looking at things from different angles and perspectives…am I right?

    Glad you have achieved such an accepting yet vocal community : )

  • Rebecca

    I definitely see what you’re saying/where you’re coming from. As a non-veg, being lumped into that “disconnect” category really hit me personally. Not because I feel guilty about my dietary choices, but because I hope and consider myself to be pretty conscientious when it comes to the environment and I do not feel my consuming animal products to be contradictory with my other beliefs and actions. (Of course, it must be said, I’m not implying that eating factory-farmed, McD’s hamburgers day in and day out is a-ok. But I’m speaking more to more “humane” animal sources…I put humane in quotes because I realize that, to many, ingesting *any* animal products is seen as inhumane…be it eggs from chickens in their backyard or milk from their own cow.)

    As I said to Sayward in responding to her response: I would like to extend a thank you for stating your opinion, holding to it and explaining. So much nicer to have an intellectual, civilized discussion (instead of the usual snark-fests on so many blogs)

  • unethical_vegan

    gotta disagree here. imo, a freakin’ rock star is someone who ditches the CAGE and the S.A.D.

  • unethical_vegan

    as an environmentalist/utilitarian vegan, i have to disagree with your characterization of someone who eats meat or dairy as being a “strong” supporter of the environment. while i suppose that there are omni environmentalists who only eat flesh from animals pastured on non-arable land, i gotta wonder why someone would even bother with such an expensive diet. it may be theoretically sustainable from an environmental perspective but it is grotesquely unsustainable from a human equity perspective.

  • unethical_vegan

    how you feel about the lack of vegan food at that earth day event sounds similar to how i feel when i see mostly empty bike racks at the pdx vegfest.

  • Bettina

    “as an environmentalist/utilitarian vegan, i have to disagree with your
    characterization of someone who eats meat or dairy as being a “strong”
    supporter of the environment.”

    I’m one of these people you are referring to:

    I eat dairy occasionally but still think of myself as being a “strong supporter of the environment”.

    I buy only organic (mostly seasonal/regional) produce (and cleaning products etc.), I don’t drive, I hardly ever fly (and when I do I offset my carbon footprint), all the electricity I use comes from renewable resources, I buy everything I can second-hand and use only natural cosmetics that haven’t been tested on animals, I use recycled paper, always have a shopping bag and a reusable cup with me so I never have to get plastic bags or buy drinks in disposable cups, I give stuff away to be re-used, I support environmental organisations, etc. etc. I know there is still a lot of space for improvement, but I try to live “green” as best I can.

    In other words, I think there are a lot of ways to protect the environment (and by association, all living beings on this planet), a vegan lifestyle being one of them – even if a very important one

  • Rebecca

    We are not talking about someone who eats animal products from caged animals NOR someone who eats the “standard” American diet. Just because someone is not vegan does not mean that they eat a “standard” American diet.

  • Rebecca

    Sorry, but I disagree. A) There are MANY aspects of environmentalism. Eschewing meat/dairy is just one of those aspects. Someone could easily be a vegan and yet use tons of water, never recycle and live a disposable lifestyle. Veganism/Vegetarianism do not necessarily equal eco-friendly. B) Just because someone eats dairy and meat on occasion does not mean that he/she does so on a regular basis and, thus, it is not more expensive. Because I eat meat a few times a year I do not call myself a vegetarian but I spend no more than any vegan/vegetarian.

  • Alanna

    Rebecca, I agree with you so much about appreciating this forum for intelligent, principled, and respectful debate. Some of the comments people post on blogs and news articles make me shudder!

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Aw that’s a bummer. I rode my bike to PDX VegFest last year and actually, now that I think about it, it was hard to find a place to lock up. So at least last year, I think a lot of people rode! Baby steps. =)