Convenience. Cost. Social barriers (like friends and family). Beliefs about getting enough nutrition. Accustomed taste. These are a few of the barriers keeping folks from going vegan and joining the fight against speciesism. However, we must knock down these barriers. Did you know:
would have access to water if just one person went vegan for a year.
can be spared when one person goes vegan for a month.
is attributed to animal agriculture.
would be fed if everyone in the USA switched to a vegan lifestyle.
“A global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel shortages and the worst impacts of climate change.”
– A United Nations report
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
If you’re a friend of a vegetarian or vegan, chances are good they have shared their reasons with you. If you felt a bit of guilt or fear, you are not alone. Eating animals is so deeply ingrained in our culture, that most people don’t question it. When someone says something to make you question it, it can be really difficult to hear! Take heart: Your friend confided in you because you’re an awesome listener and a good person and not because they wanted you to feel bad! Vegan advocates, just like other social justice advocates, aim to create a shift in social consciousness and they want you to be a part of that big shift! The best part?! Simply by being supportive, empathetic and interested, you already knocked out step one! You awesome social change-maker, you.
“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world. ”
As vegans, we often experience “activist burnout” or “compassion fatigue”. Isolation, anger and irritability are common symptoms. Talk about a catch 22! We don’t know many other vegans, so we dedicate ourselves to inspiring others to go vegan. In doing this, however, we sometimes burn out; losing the optimism and enthusiasm that gets folks on-board with us in the first place! But, before we give up on humanity and move to a deserted island, let’s seek out allies! And just as we urge current and future vegans and allies to listen, empathize, and do better, so must we for them. They might ALSO be experiencing burnout or compassion fatigue from battling racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism… Let’s foster trusting and nurturing environments for each other so we don’t burn-out while we rid the world of all this INTER-CONNECTED systemic oppression that hurts us ALL. When we put together our little bits of good, we can and will overwhelm the world!