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What we read, especially as children, informs who we become

Violet’s Vegan Comics chats to us about the power of plant-based stories

Growing up can be dificult at the best of times, let alone as a vegan child in a world mostly occupied with non-vegans. Enter Violet’s Vegan Comics to save the day. The team set out to create a catalogue of stories for plantbased children, which can be read on the Vegan Children’s Stories website for free, or bought as a hardcopy. We chat to the founder about the importance of vegan literature, and why the book, film and television industries need to think more carefully about the messages they portray to children.

Growing up, I loved my Tammy & Misty comic, but by the time my children were that age they didn’t make those kind of comics any more, so we decided to make our own. The diference is, our comic book heroes are vegan and they fight for the animals. From the beginning, we made our comics, stories and nursery rhymes for vegan and vegan-curious children of all ages. To give them virtual vegan friends with the same values they have — other brave and pro-active kids who question everything and fight for justice and compassion. We made them so that vegan kids everywhere — even if they’re the only one in their class and sometimes feel like they’re the only in the world — will know that they’re not alone. They’ll know that they’re part of a huge team of brave, cool and active vegans who speak up and take action.

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Welcome to our August issue — time is really flying this year. I recently watched the BBC series Years and Years, a dystopian drama following the lives of a middle class family, set in the not so distant future. Though the script has come from the imaginations of its talented writers, it’s terrifyingly believable. Floods, disease, famine, displacement, recession, homelessness, the re-election of Trump, the supremacy of technology and nuclear war are all part of daily life. As things go from bad to worse, the grandmother and matriarch of the family delivers a powerful speech, telling her grandchildren: “It’s all your fault… Dear God, what a carnival. This is the world we built. Congratulations, cheers all.” And this struck a real chord with me. Programmes like this, even though fictional, serve as a reminder that we aren’t doing enough and that we need to continue spreading our vegan message far and wide if we want to tackle the huge problems that could be headed our way. The task in hand can seem overwhelming, but there are so many people helping to make the world a better place. This issue, we meet Derek Sarno who is bringing veganism to the masses through his collaboration with Tesco, we talk to Friends of The Earth about the importance of increasing the amount of trees in the UK, Maria Slough interviews Oggs founder, Hannah Carter, who is working tirelessly to put the egg industry into decline and Samantha Fung discusses her powerful artivism. Let’s keep heading in the right direction.

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