One of the more fun things we get to do as vegetarians is march down a city street in NYC in May and declare our veggie-ness at the Veggie Pride Parade. The march culminated in exhibits and speeches in Union Square where activists shared information with passers-by. Congratulations to Pamela Rice of Viva-Vegie Society for this successful event.
I am honored to share the news that along with two colleagues, Karen Miller and Laura Weinberg, I won the EPA’s 2010 Environmental Quality Award, primarily for our work on the “LEAP” project with Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition and Mnt. Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center over the past 2 years. (See RIBBET.ORG for fun tips on environmental health for kids).
The Go Green Expo took place on March 19-21, 2010. It was a big success, filling the Pier 92 with numerous exhibitors, speakers, and inspiring eco-entrepreneurs. I got to speak on a panel about eco-fashion and lifestyle along with Michael Parrish DuDell of Ecorazzi, Stefanie Iris Weiss , author of “Eco-Sex,” Mindy Pennybacker , author of “Do One Green Thing,” and Roxi Suger of AngelRox.
The most exciting part of the whole event for me was meeting Ed Begley after his great speech- he was so personable and down to earth. He did a book signing, and was so sincere about connecting with everyone who came to get their book signed. Very cool!
I also got to speak at the Philadelphia Go Green Expo which was much smaller but also inspiring.
As many of us try to reduce our impact on the earth and live our lives in accordance with our awareness, I’m hoping that more and more people will consider a healthy, vegetarian, turkey-free Thanksgiving.
For the reasons why see gentlethanksgiving.org.
Also see my recent op-ed in Newsday:
November 25, 2009 By BETH FITENI
And on an unrelated note: Right before Thanksgiving, I got to meet James Hansen, top Climate Scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies! He is truly a history-making figure, and I was beynd honored to meet him. His newest book, “Storms of my Grandchildren” is alarming and poignant. Anyone who wants education on climate change should consider it a must-read.
On Sunday October 11, 2009 a fabulous EcoFashion show was held at the New York City Ecofest in Central Park. Featuring clothing made from natural fabrics by many designers for both men and women, the show was one of the best I’ve seen. All photos by Beth Fiteni.
In the last 2 weeks I have seen 3 great films and helped with a memorable campaign to kick off Climate Week in NYC:
No Impact Man: about Colin Beavan and his family who lived with a minimal impact on the environment in their NYC apartment for a year — local food only, bikes, home-made cleaners, and cloths instead of toilet paper. Very inspiring to see how the family copes with their choices. He also has a book out of the same name.
The End of the Line: Documents the depressing state of our world fisheries, showing the marked decline in fish populations, the overfishing by commercial fishermen, and the appalling waste of bycatch.
The Age of Stupid: had its world premier in NYC the first day of Climate Week (Sept. 21, 2009) and shows a man in the future looking back at our present day through a series of 4 stories, and asking why we didn’t act sooner to prevent the human causes of climate change. Really drives home the urgency of the issue and the stupidity of our current ways.
THE HUMAN HOURGLASS
An amazing organizing effort by Oxfam, NYPIRG, and others, several hundred people gathered in Central Park to form a human hourglass on Sun. Sept. 20th 2009 to show the earth dripping down through the hourglass and forming the words “Tck Tck Tck” to signify that time is running out to act on global warming. Fabulously organized event and very moving to witness. Hope it has the intended effect, to send a message to world leaders who will meet to re-negotiate a greenhouse gas treaty in Copenhagen in December. Best video I can find so far: