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Updates about Brighter Green work in 2015: a new website, education and outreach in China, milestones in the Young Women's Leadership Initiative, and more.
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A Website Makeover, New Outreach in China & A Triumph in Kenya
Read updates about Brighter Green's work in 2015, including: a new website, expanding outreach in China, a milestone in Kenya for our Maasai Young Women's Leadership Initiative, and our continuing focus on climate change, deforestation, and livestock production globally and sustainable food and diets in the U.S. 
Brighter Green's new website, launched in April 2015.
  • Brighter Green (BG) recently launched our brand new website. Please visit and let us know what you think. 
  • We continue to screen our short documentary What's For Dinner?, an illuminating look at rapidly increasing meat consumption in China and its consequences (including at the Czech AFO film festival, in Switzerland and at U.S. universities). We're also collaborating with the film's director, Jian Yi, and a growing team of colleagues on a new set of screenings and expanded community outreach in China, via social media and in person. We've recently completed a screening kit in Chinese to accompany the film and to facilitate discussion and action. Follow the film's progress and get more information and updates here.
  • BG and our partner the Global Forest Coalition published a new report on the first ever international strategy meeting on unsustainable livestock and soybean production, held in Paraguay in November 2014. If you or your NGO or research institution are interested in participating in the emerging global coalition on these issues, please get in touch
What's For Dinner? screening at Fish Cafe in Beijing, China in May. Photo credit: Wang Hanbo.
  • BG joined the My Plate, My Planet campaign to make sure sustainability is a part of the new U.S. dietary guidelines. We signed a letter to the heads of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Department of Health & Human Services that was published as a full page ad in the New York Times on March 24, 2015 (see below). We also submitted formal comments on the draft guidelines, which you can read here
  • BG participated in New York City Council Representative Helen Rosenthal's press conference in March to push for NYC to join the Meatless Monday campaign. Executive Director Mia MacDonald spoke about the threats to the climate, public health, animals and the environment, and equitable distribution of resources raised by America's meat-heavy diet spreading around the world. She urged  NYC to provide a global example by adopting a Meatless Monday resolution. 
  • Associate Wanqing Zhou wrote articles for both Dialogo Chino and China Dialogue. The pieces linked the resumption of Brazilian beef exports to China with research Wanqing did for a paper she presented at the Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption in Shanghai last June.
The My Plate, My Planet joint letter ran as an ad in the New York Times, March 24, 2015.
  • Executive Director Mia MacDonald was interviewed by Philip Lymbery, Chief Executive of Compassion in World Farming, for his website. The conversation ranged from Brighter Green's origins to China's environmental future given the rapid growth of factory farming there.
  • We’re very pleased to report that Ann Nailantei, one of the five Kenyan participants in our Maasai Young Women's Leadership Initiative, has been accepted into the  Kenya Wildlife Service's ranger training program after an extremely competitive process. Only two young women were chosen out of 20 applicants from across Kenya.
  • The other five Initiative scholars will be spending the next few months interning at various environmental and human rights organizations in Kenya and Tanzania, including the Green Belt Movement in Nairobi, before they return to their universities in late August. Says BG Program Associate Lauren Berger, who traveled to Kenya in March to meet with the young women, “They have a real bond with each other. They encourage one another and are also driven in their goals: including getting jobs and working in specific industries. They've really transformed into independent young women.” 
(L-R) Sabina Siankoi (seated), Elizabeth Kironua, Kakenya Barta, BG's Lauren Berger, Hellen Naipanoi, and Ann Nailantei at the Green Belt Movement training center in Nairobi, March 2015.
This is just some of our work over the past few months. There's a lot more to read about. We encourage you to visit our new, easy to navigate website for more details and additional information, and to engage with us on social media (Twitter and Facebook). We also hope you'll consider making a tax-deductible donation so we can expand our unique work on increasing awareness, affecting public policy, and encouraging public action on issues that span the environment, animals, and global sustainability. What we do becomes increasingly relevant as food security, climate change, sustainability, and equity gain, finallyhigher slot on the global agenda. 

We welcome your feedback and ideas. Please drop us a line: info@brightergreen.org

Thank you from all of us at Brighter Green! We value your interest and support. 
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