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Happy October from Brighter Green. We thank you all for your participation in Climate Week, whether here in New York or in your own community. Brighter Green was involved on many different levels, including hosting an event on changing food systems and climate change, particularly as they relate to China, at the NYC Climate Convergence, joining hundreds of thousands of others at the People's Climate March, and attending United Nations Climate Summit sessions. Executive Director Mia MacDonald (also the U.S. Board Chair of the Green Belt Movement) published an op-ed article in the Huffington Post on climate change and the U.N. Climate Summit, co-authored with Wanjira Mathai, Kenyan Board Chair of the Green Belt Movement.

Brighter Green Program Associate Caroline Wimberly (L) and Executive Director Mia MacDonald (R) at the People's Climate March in NYC on September 21st.

In addition, if you haven't seen our short documentary film, What's For Dinner?, directed by Jian Yi, for a limited time, our North American distributor Icarus Films is offering a 30% discount on all purchases of screening rights or DVDs of the film. They are also offering an excellent deal on personal-use DVDs for $24.99. This great opportunity expires October 31, 2014. Please click on the flier below for all the details.

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Nature's Rights: Rivers, Trees, Whales, and Apes, a summary of a forthcoming discussion paper on the concepts and application of nature's rights and animal rights, was released at the Brighter Green NYC Climate Convergence event in September. We welcome your feedback on the text. The full paper will be out before the end of the year. 

What's For Dinner? screened at
VegFest UK LondonHaving previously screened at VegFest UK Bristol in May 2014, What's For Dinner? was screened as part of VegFest UK London on September 27th and 28th, 2014. The London VegFest had more than 10,000 attendees.

Chinese screenings of What's For Dinner? continue. The terrific screening tour spearheaded by Associate Wanqing Zhou and director Jian Yi in a number of Chinese cities and provinces laid the groundwork for a new series of screenings. Thanks to Jian Yi, the film was shown recently as the centerpiece of a Yale Club of Beijing event and will also screen this month in the major cities of Chongqing and Chengdu -- including at a 500-seat cinema. Several of the screenings will feature the long-form documentary Vegucated, directed by Marisa Miller Wolfson.  

Jim Harkness reviews What's For Dinner? and interviews Executive Director Mia MacDonald. Jim Harkness, the Senior Advisor on China at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), positively reviewed What's For Dinner? and interviewed Executive Director Mia MacDonald on the making of the film and its scope in China for the Ecocentric blog of the Grace Communications Foundation.

Brighter Green Associate interviewed by Eating Animals director. Wanqing Zhou, Brighter Green Associate, was interviewed by Christopher Quinn, director of a documentary film, Eating Animals, that is based on the bestselling book by Jonathan Safran Foer. Brighter Green also provided Quinn and his team with Chinese contacts for the film, including What's For Dinner? director Jian Yi, whom Quinn interviewed in Beijing. 

What's For Dinner? included in Real Food Media library. The Real Food Media Project has included a three-minute version of What's For Dinner? in it's film library. The Real Food Media Film Library is designed for educators, organizers, policy makers, good food advocates, and everyone in between. What's For Dinner? is featured as part of the Global Voices category. Other categories include Youth in Action, Urban Stories, and Food Education. The Real Food Media Project is directed by Brighter Green advisory board member Anna Lappé.

Brighter Green is a partner organization for the upcoming day-long conference,
"Voices of Hope in a Time of Crisis". The event is hosted by the NGO Local Futures (formerly the International Society for Ecology and Culture [ISEC]). Along with a number of terrific speakers, the event will celebrate the launch of the International Alliance for Localization (IAL), which aims to connect a growing network of individuals and organizations dedicated to exploring new approaches to today's ecological, social, and economic problems. Tickets are on sale now and, in addition to subsidized tickets, Local Futures is offering full and partial scholarships. The event is on Saturday, November 8th from 10 AM - 6 PM at The Cooper Union in Manhattan. More details are on the event's Facebook page. Please click here to register.

Brighter Green and NYU students will co-host a film screening for Food Day in November. A late celebration of Food Day (October 24th), Brighter Green and the NYU student group EarthMatters are planning a double feature screening of What's For Dinner? and Vegucated on Thursday November 20th, beginning at 6:00 PM. Exact location at NYU and schedule TBD. Please stay tuned to our website or Facebook page for further information. 
Executive Director Mia MacDonald, with the five Kenyan students: (L-R) Elizabeth Kironua, Joy Kakenya Barta, Sabina Siankoi, Hellen Naipanoi, Ann Nailantei. 
Young women in Brighter Green's collaborative East African Girls' Leadership Initiative continue their studies. Executive Director Mia MacDonald traveled to Kenya in July 2014 and was able to catch up with all five of the young Kenyan women in the program. Over the summer school break, the young women interned in a range of organizations (educational, development, rights, and environmental) and they have now returned to universities for their second year of higher education studies. Each continues to develop their expertise in environment and development issues, gender equality, women's rights, and to increase their capacity to exercise leadership, on their campuses and in their communities and families. 

As we look toward the end of 2014, Brighter Green has a range of plans: participating in the UN climate change "COP 20" meeting in Lima, Peru and collaborating on a global strategy meeting on the livestock sector hosted by our partner, Global Forest Coalition, in Paraguay at the end of November. We are also continuing to extend the international reach of What's For Dinner?, and, of course,
continuing to raise awareness of and encourage policy action on issues that span the environment, animals, and global sustainability.

Thank you again for your interest in and support of Brighter Green's work.

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