What have been the big moments for veganism in 2017? This blog by Vevolution Co-Founder Damien Clarkson explores what has been happening.
Yesterday along with our friends at Lush Life we were super privileged to co-host the UK premiere screening the new film by the makers of Cowspiracy called What The Health.
So far on our journey of creating the TED talks of veganism we have had some surreal days and yesterday was another one of those.
We are super fortunate that we get to collaborate and work with people who inspire us all the time. Yesterday early in the afternoon we had the privilege of interviewing our good friend Ali Tabrizi and What The Health Director Kip Anderson.
It was great to talk about the making of the film and how both Ali and Kip came to film-making.
Over the coming months sitting down and interviewing people in the vegan movement is something we're going to be doing much more of so watch out for that.
The event was hosted at the news Lush Media HQ. I have to say the venue is incredible and it is fantastic that Lush are willing to work with organisations with shared values to create inspiring events like this screening.
The evening saw some of the movers and shakers in UK veganism come together for an evening of networking, education and discussion.
The film screening itself didn't disappoint, it was informative and hard hitting and for anyone with a family history of cancer, diabetes or heart disease hard to watch at times.
The film highlighted how increasingly the science is telling us that eating animal based products is harmful to our health yet medical institutions are refusing to suggest a change in diet to treat curable illnesses. Instead they would rather medicate sick people with drugs than treat the cause of these illnesses.
Watching this stuff it's hard not feel incensed especially when the film exposes how leading American heart, cancer and diabetes charities are funded by some of the biggest meat and dairy companies in the US.
After the film screening there was a panel discussion hosted by Lush UK Director of Ethics Hilary Jones. On the panel was myself Damien Clarkson Co-Founder of Vevolution, Kip Anderson, Director of What The Health, Ali Tabrizi, film-maker and What The Health Assistant Editor and vegan chef Day Radley.
The panel discussion was super interesting. As a member of the panel I felt myself feeling incredibly proud of this community and movement. It has come so far and sitting on stage looking around the room I was able to see inspiring people everywhere.
We're excited for more people to see this film it is going to literally save lives and help people live happier, healthier existences.