Why is this a VEGAN event?
A solutionary is someone who thinks conscientiously and compassionately about their choices and behaviors in order to benefit people, animals, and the environment. Ultimately, the goal of a solutionary is to create a peaceful world. A solutionary chooses to be the solution.
There are undeniably many problems that exist in the world today.
To name a few:
- Inequalities Based on Race, Gender, Class, Sexual Orientation, Species, etc.
- World Hunger
- Homelessness, Food Insecurity, & Poverty
- Terminal Illnesses such as Heart Disease, Cancer, Diabetes, etc.
- Animal Cruelty
- Environmental Devastation
Since humans are gradually moving on from being a problematic species to being a SOLUTIONARY SPECIES, many people are starting to think of many practical and effective solutions to address serious problems. Some solutions may require a large group of people and advocates for a cause. Other solutions might involve gaining influence with people of societal authority (e.g. government). Many different solutions are often required to address a single problem.
There is, however, one very simple solution that addresses many problems. This solution does not take time out of our busy schedules or take away anything from our lives. In fact, this solution has the potential to enrich our lives in the most meaningful ways we could have ever imagined. Choosing to embrace a vegan lifestyle and to think conscientiously about the food we put in our bodies, we could save our own lives and money, help animals, contribute to ending world hunger and food deserts, protect the environment, and put an end to supporting industries that exploit millions of people, billions of non-human animals, and the earth we all share. Explore this event, have fun, and learn how you can join the movement of becoming a Solutionary Species!
1. Start with www.whatthehealthfilm.com and watch the documentary. It is now available on Netflix! This documentary provides an overview of the health aspects of a plant-based lifestyle.
2. www.nutritionfacts.org. Dr. Michael Greger is a world renowned plant-based physician who clarifies many misunderstandings through his thorough research of peer-reviewed studies.
3. www.pcrm.org Dr. Neal Barnard is responsible for many changes in legislature and is one of the leading physicians in the medical plant-based movement. He founded the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine, which now has over 12,000 whole food plant-based physicians across the United States and around the world, as well as 150,000 members. Not only is Dr. Barnard and his team changing the way doctors treat chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and cancer, they are also changing the methods of medical research to stray away from animal testing. They have found that using alternative methods to animal testing have been much more effective.
4. www.nutriception.net Vanessa Sardi is an ex-pharmaceutical representative. She recently opened up Nutriception to coach people on their diet instead of focusing on pills.
5. www.cowspiracy.com Learn about how you can best protect the environment.
6. www.plantbasedonabudget.com For those who think eating healthy is expensive, here is an excellent resource for buying quality food at ridiculously low prices.
7. www.bitesizevegan.com Emily Moran is one of the most well-spoken, incredible solutionaries. She answers any questions that people have about a vegan lifestyle, including the history of when people started consuming animal products and the reasons they are so terrible for human health (and of course for the animals and the environment).
8. www.onegreenplanet.org This is a blog a few of our team members used to write for that includes many awesome vegan recipes, veg news, and more. It’s a great resource for people looking for fun and easy-to-read information.
10. www.vegan.com An overview of everything you need to know about being vegan.
11. www.happycow.net This is an excellent guide to nearby vegan restaurants and stores.
12. www.nomeatathlete.com If you are an athlete, this is the site for you. Matt Frazier offers many excellent guides for new vegan athletes and recipes to follow.
13. www.plantpurenation.com From the producer of Forks Over Knives, PlantPure Nation is a documentary to learn about the advancements of the plant powered movement. We are making strides!
14. www.earthlings.com If you ever need a strong conviction for sticking with a vegan lifestyle, this is a must-watch documentary. WARNING: Do not watch this video alone. Be in the company of supportive people and friends.
15. Vegan Mobile Applications:
– Happy Cow (for finding food)
– Deliciously Vegan (recipes)
– Cruelty Cutter – (find products that are not tested on animals)
– Forks Over Knives (recipes)
– The Blender Girl (smoothie recipes)
– Is It Vegan? (find out if a product is vegan or not)
– Eat Vegan (recipes)
– Leaping Bunny (find cruelty-free products)
– Oh She Glows (recipes)
– Animal-Free (pocket reference guide)
– Vegaholic (vegan alcohol guide)
– Vegan Xpress (finding fast vegan food)
– Vegetarious (for finding food)
– Veg Menu (recipes)
– Vegan Defense (a really goofy game to play if you have nothing better to do. JK Don’t waste your time playing this game. There are real animals to save and cool events to go to)
16. Other useful sites:
17. www.solutionaryspecies.org Don’t use this one just yet! We’re in the process of developing this website, but eventually it will be a resource directory for all things healthy and compassionate.