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Vegetarianos Hoy

Organization:

Vegetarianos Hoy

Location(s):

  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • México
  • Argentina
  • Vegetarianos Hoy is an international organization working in Latin America   to promote plant-based diets and to reduce the suffering of farmed animals
  • They are recognized as one of the most effective animal protection NGOs in the world by Animal Charity Evaluators (ACE)
  • Vegetarianos Hoy works with society, companies, and governments to promote animal welfare and a more ethical, healthy, and sustainable way of eating
  • The Veggie Challenge was launched in 2019, a 30-day challenge that people can signed up for and received daily newsletters to help them try a plant-based diet
  • During 2020 they furthered their campaign by implementing a Facebook group methodology where participants can share their journey accompanied by trained volunteer mentors
  • Veggie Challenge aims to have a much deeper impact so that participants can have the resources to maintain a plant-based diet for the long term, learn about the impact of their daily dietary choices in the planet, animals, and on their own health and have a positive first experience in this journey of plant-based eating
  • The challenge is focused on young people between 18 and 35 years old that are interested in trying a plant-based whether for personal health reasons, for reducing their environmental footprint and/or for the animals/ethical reasons
  • Veggie Challenge builds empathy for animals and the environment
  • Participants interact with others taking the challenge and with the volunteer mentors that are guiding and helping them in their process.
  • Social media content focuses on treatment of animals in the agriculture system and the impact on the environment that invites participants to reflect about choices and the impact those have on the lives of animals and the planet 
  • Volunteer mentors are trained to answer the comments on posts also in all the posts and interactions with the participants, with the truth but also with empathy towards the other participant and the process they are going through
  • They measure impact in 3 main ways by: monthly sign-ups to the challenge, participants in the Facebook group, and the result of the final survey
  • They will later use these insights to approximate the number of animals benefited and CO2eq and water saved by the participants on the challenge
  • Over 25,0000 people signed up for Veggie Challenge
  • They tripled the sign ups on the challenge during the period of January to May 2021 vs. 2020
  • Increased from 300 monthly participants on the Facebook groups to 600
  • 228K Instagram followers, 58K Facebook followers
  • launched a new improved website for the challenge.
  • Have worked with a total of 96 social media influencers promoting the challenge to their audiences
  • Worked with Oracle, a large computer technology corporation, and gave a talk to their employees and collaborators during April in the context of the environment month to inform about plant-based diets and did a live vegan ceviche cooking class
  • Initial results of post-challenge survey:
    • 35% of the participants followed a 100% plant-based diet during the duration of the challenge.
    • 43% managed to follow a vegetarian diet, consuming eggs or dairy
    • 98% declared that they want to keep the diet of the challenge in the future.
    • 47% of the surveyed said that they think they will consume dairy and/or eggs in the next 12 months (more work to do!)

Anak Alam Learning House

Organization:

Dunia Anak Alam Foundation

Location(s):

Sumbawa, Indonesia

  • Anak Alam Learning House (AALH) provides nature-based education and a second home for children in a local village on Sumbawa to learn about basic knowledge and skills and  also to become incredible, heart centered & compassionate humans that will have the skills to support their community, their environment and work together with all the other biotic components in the ecosystem to thrive together (People Care, Earth Care, Fair Share)
  • AALH is a grassroots initiative founded by (Baiq) Dewi Yuningsih based on needs she identified in her community in rural Sumbawa, Indonesia
  • AALH began with a couple of girls, out of school due to the Covid-19 global pandemic, who climbed Dewi’s fence pleading for her to teach them
  • Dewi agreed to teach the young girls in exchange for an EcoBrick – a plastic water bottle filled with trash collected from the local river – as “payment” 
  • The education program teaches children about the importance of environmental sustainability while empowering them to be the seeds for change in their community
  • AALH’s Social Enterprise Business Model creates opportunities for the future through job creation, vocational education, and English language programs
  • Begin generating revenue to work towards long-term goal of self-sustainability
  • Develop our integrated education-business production systems – Sumbawa Permaculture, Garasi Vegan Cafe & Waste to Hero Studio
    • Sumbawa Permaculture Zone
      • The Permaculture garden is a great opportunity to teach math, science, logic, and social skills, but also about self-sustainability, including how to obtain yield and gain monetary values while helping our natural ecosystem to thrive
    • Garasi Vegan Kitchen
      • Learning in the kitchen provides children opportunities to gain a sense of accomplishment and learn about responsibility, to make healthy choices among other practical skills
      • Re-create local menus and replace common ingredients such as meat, milk, and butter with jackfruit, mushroom, homemade tempeh, tofu, coconut milk, cocoa butter, etc)
      • Outcome will be cruelty-free and tangible food products that have economic value while promoting holistic empathy within the community
    • Waste to Hero Studio
      • Students have always been required to “pay” their education at Anak Alam Learning House (in the form of ecobricks
  • By learning in an environment where we can show how to reduce waste and recycle it properly, students will learn to be responsible and thoughtful members of the community
  • Creating art, crafts, and environmentally-friendly products have potential economic value
  • Empathy is a skill that can be learned, nurtured, and practiced
  • Empathy is built by consistently presenting AALH’s core values – People Care, Earth Care and Fair Share through a wide variety of activities, teaching techniques & methods to their students
  • Our goal is to impact the way our students see the world, with empathy in mind and ultimately influence the way they take decisions for themselves
  • Number of students that will receive education
  • Number of local villagers that can take benefits from our permaculture and food forest food supply
  • Reduction of plastic trash that otherwise end up in the environment (measured by the amount of ecobricks we collect and/or the total weight in kg)
  • The amount of kitchen/organic waste we process (measured in kg)
  • Measure animal’s harm-reduction by the amount (in kg) of plant-based ingredients used/produced to replace animal-based ingredients
  • Amount of plant and trees we will be planting
  • Amount of critical and degraded land we will be converting into a productive land by using our permaculture technique of soil preservation (Measured in m2/sqm)
  • Over the past year, AALH has expanded into an entire permaculture and education center supporting the education from just three to now up to 60 children from the local village
  • AALH has partnered with Bandung Permaculture, a local a reputable permaculture company
  • Partnerships have also been established with professionals from all over the globe to assist with storytelling, data & information management, and innovative youth leadership programming
  • The AALH team has grown to consist of 3 dedicated individuals

“I had such a memorable experience learning at Anak Alam Learning House. We play, we learn, we sing, we take care of our environment, we even learn about entrepreneurship. I hope Anak Alam Learning House can be more well-known, so this place can continue creating better generations of children for the world and unlock every potential we children have”.

Ika – 17 years old, student at Anak Alam Learning House

Studio.89

Organization:

Youth Troopers for Global Action

Location(s):

Mississauga, Canada

Studio.89 is a social enterprise project of Youth Troopers for Global Action, a youth-led non profit mobilizing and empowering young people for social justice through the arts. Since 2014, Studio.89 cafe has promoted conscious consumption through fair trade and organic goods and has become an established community hub, showcasing events such as social justice campaigns, community panel discussions, paint nights, open mic nights and poetry slams. This free space is now used by numerous organizations assisting with fundraisers, board meetings and outreach events helping local nonprofits thrive.

The Studio.89 community cafe model aims to be good for humans, animals, and the environment in all that we do.Studio.89 organizes community events that cover all three areas. In addition:

  • For Humans: Studio.89 provides free space and extensive community programming.
  • For Animals: Studio.89 encourages conscious consumerism and respect for sentient life through its vegan cafe.
  • For the Environment: Studio.89 uses only biodegradable cups/lids and recycle and compost as responsibly as possible while maintaining a space that produces as little waste as possible.

Studio.89’s goals are to refine, digitize, and provide access to virtual training modules that educate their staff and volunteers on the tangible aspects of their positions, YTGA’s organizational structure and mission, as well as the importance of empathy to our mission.

Studio.89 is developing virtual training modules, lessons in empathy-building and leadership that will be integrated throughout the entire training process. These activity-based lessons will be geared toward educating youth staff and volunteers on how humans, animals and the environment are all interconnected, and why we all need to take personal responsibility in educating ourselves and living a more empathetic and conscious lifestyle.

YTGA | Studio.89 has three mandates:

  • To provide free and accessible resources for marginalized communities.
  • To offer free space for grassroots initiatives to empower communities to act cally and think globally for a sustainable future.
  • To provide locally sourced, organic, fair-trade, vegan goods, while teaching and encouraging empathetic understanding of, and support for, humans, animals, and the environment.

Since 2014, YTGA | Studio.89 has worked to fill existing gaps, to create momentum for grassroots initiatives, and to empower communities to think in new and exciting ways. All profits from our social enterprise café are poured back into community programming. With a team of dedicated staff and over 300 volunteers, they run up to 16 programs monthly, and 600 events annually. 

YTGA | Studio.89 has hosted over 600 community events per year since opening in March 2014, with 16 on-going programs targeting vulnerable populations within the community. From neglected seniors to under-served youth, to newcomers and refugees, there is a program in their community space for everyone. This includes Young, Gifted & Black, Green Drinks Mississauga, Happy Healthy Women, Ecosource, SMILE Canada, and more.

Studio.89 also acts as an incubator for other non-profit organizations and grassroots initiatives. Our 83+ community partners utilize our free space and resources to further their missions to provide accessible and inclusive programming to our community.

Northern Colorado Wildlife Center

Organization:

Northern Colorado Wildlife Center

Location(s):

Colorado, USA

The mission of Northern Colorado Wildlife Center is to:

  1. Rehabilitate sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife, and when successful, release those animals back into their natural habitats.
  2. Educate the public about the natural histories of wildlife native to northern Colorado, ways to peacefully coexist with them, and provide humane solutions to human-wildlife conflicts.
  3. Promote and advocate the preservation and restoration of native ecosystems that provide wildlife places to live and thrive.

Northern Colorado Wildlife Center rehabilitates and rescues wildlife experiencing an emergency, and provides free community education about wildlife appreciation, coexistence, and habitat protection.

Northern Colorado Wildlife Center’s goal is to improve the reach of their free community wildlife education programs for all ages and demographics.

They are working to increase their internal volunteer training opportunities and free community training programs for all ages and demographics, such as Humane Solutions to Human-Wildlife Conflicts’, in addition to a ‘Wildlife Rescue for the Professional Rescuer’ course for other wildlife rehabilitators, animal control officers, and first responders in Colorado to learn more about staying safe while helping wildlife. Funds from Umano will also go towards more take-home materials for school kids and adults attending programs, as well as higher quality training supplies for our internal and professional training courses.

NCWC’s licensed wildlife rehabilitation team educates the public and other animal professionals, such as vet techs and animal control officers, on how they can safely intervene when they find wildlife experiencing an emergency, such as being sick, injured, and orphaned. Their team has cultivated a strong anti-speciesist messaging program locally and across the state of Colorado and they have already begun to reach communities in other states and countries. With support from Umano, they hope to strengthen this reach so that their messaging could substantially influence the animal advocacy movement. Umano funding enables further collaboration with individuals and organizations, such as Wild Animal Initiative, the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, and other groups that propose a paradigm shift in which humans proactively work to reduce suffering in wildlife.

Successfully execute all 15 educational programs to our community members and community wildlife partners, including volunteer, education, and rescue team members. Surveys will measure participant satisfaction and where future educational needs should be directed.

During COVID, NCWC had to pivot and engage in online education and outreach efforts. In addition to increasing social media education efforts on Facebook and Instagram, they also created a YouTube and TikTok channel to further their reach. On average, their environmental education reached between 40,000 and 60,000 accounts per month in multiple countries around the world.

The Vegan Fashion Show

Organization:

The Vegan Fashion Show

Location(s):

Toronto, Canada

The mission of the Vegan Fashion Show is to elevate animal-free fashion on the runway and in the media. The show will also include a display of sustainable, vegan textiles. Proceeds benefit Animal Justice, the organization leading the legal fight for animals in Canada.  

The goal of the Vegan Fashion Show is to raise awareness on ethical consumerism and to inspire compassion. Ethical fashion is fashion that is kind to people, animals and the planet. This is encouraged by empowering ethical brands, while being fun and educational to consumers and designers, including fashion students.

The fashion industry currently has an enormous negative impact on humans, animals, and the environment. Much of this is from using animal-derived materials. We will be a driving force to encourage behavioural/ social change towards animal-free fashion. This will lead to better well-being for all.

Through a mix of education and entertainment, people will be given reasons to care and guided towards solutions. The problems of animal-derived fashion will be explained, including the benefits of animal-free fashion, while showcasing the latest innovations in animal-free fashion.

A pledge campaign will help measure impact while an accompanying video will serve as educational and inspiring content. Other major ways to measure impact include social media performance and media coverage.

Fashion show postponed in 2021, rescheduled for 2022.

Fabs Organisation

Organization:

Fabs Organisation

Location(s)

Uganda

Fabs was formed in 2010, as a young women-led and youth-serving nonprofit organization that focuses on the empowerment of adolescents, young people and women with great emphasis on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), Climate Change, Gender-Based Violence, Young leaders’ empowerment, Gender Equality, and Economic empowerment. They use a number of strategies, approaches, and activities to meet their targets. They work to empower women and young people to make informed and responsible choices especially about their sexuality and economic wellbeing.

Their goal is to work with underprivileged girls and women in rural communities of the Rukungiri district in Kampala by equipping them with entrepreneurship skills and knowledge for sustainable development.

Since the outbreak of coronavirus, women and girls have been the most affected, many of whom have no sources of income. Worsened by school closures, girls have been forced to marry at an early age by their parents as a source of income.

This project empowers women and girls to stand up and defend their rights and decisions to choose. When women are economically empowered their decisions in society and when girls out of school are involved in entrepreneurship activities, chances of forced child marriages, teenage pregnancies, and unsafe abortions are reduced. Fabs values animal rights and environmental protection and their activities put these at the forefront of their work. Interventions include training girls and women on how to make African artisans and handmade crafts, these include mats, pots, baskets, cooking stoves among others, with a focus on vegan practices. By reducing animal farming and consumption, the products made will use raw materials from the environment in a sustainable way. Beneficiaries of the programs will be equipped with skills for recycling plastics and polythene to reduce environmental degradation, in addition to being educated about veganism and how to make vegan recipes, with a goal of reducing consumption of animals and animal products.

Fabs believes that empathy is a critical tool during implementation of local initiatives aimed at community development and social change. They prioritize empathy through systemic and collaborative actions with target beneficiaries and solutions focused on empathic responses. Empathy is a critical component in advocating for equitable access to resources regardless of ones age, sex, gender and tribe.

Fabs will monitor and evaluate program successes by measuring the number of handcrafts made and sold, the number of women and girls that have start-up capital to invest in the entrepreneurship skills they have acquired, the increase in enrolment by girls in schools, and the reduction in child marriages by 1/3. In addition, schools will be introduced to Meatless Sundays, vegan recipes will be introduced in local restaurants, an increased number of dried fruits and vegetables introduced to supermarkets and local shops and the first-ever open markets with no domestic animals for sale will be introduced.

Fabs has demonstrated the capacity and skills to implement projects in relation to  the empowerment of women and girls as well as hosting events related to the promotion of animal rights such as the annual Vegan Festival. They are currently implementing a project called ‘Break The Silence’, a campaign about ending child marriages.

In partnership with Africa Tourism and Environment initiatives, they are also implementing a project called ‘Passion for the Wild’, a campaign about wildlife conservation and ‘Pet a Tree’. These are both national environmental conservation projects that are highly regarded and successful.

THE KAAVAN PLEDGE

 

I pledge to think critically and with compassion about my relationship with animals 

- I will advance my knowledge about the sentience of animals
- I will research and consider my decisions to use products and support activities that abuse and exploit animals
- I will learn about what happens to animals in industrial farming, laboratories, zoos, circuses, and fashion
- I will abstain from participation in animal exploitation and educate others 

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THE EMPATHY PLEDGE

I believe that Empathy can reduce suffering in the world, therefore I pledge that:

- I will make a conscious effort to enhance my empathetic abilities

- I will be mindful of my ego which can discourage my ability to relate to others

- I will stand and speak up for the well-being of humans, animals, and our planet

- I will align my thoughts, speech, and actions with the core principle of empathy

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