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Rebels with a cause

Kim Willis reports on the Extinction Rebellion protest — calling on the government to address the climate crisis
Image: Sean Tucker

We are the last generation with the time, opportunity and, hopefully, the power to undo some of the damage we have caused to the planet before it’s too late. Climate change is upon us, indisputably evident in wildfires, floods, melting ice caps, polar vortexes, heatwaves and mass species extinction. Yet, despite the looming threat of catastrophe, the government seems to remain focused on short term objectives, like GDP, Brexit and trade agreements, none of which will matter if the planet as we know it collapses. Frustration — a feeling that should rally every vegan, for climate change stands to decimate billions of animals — led campaigners Roger Hallam, Dr. Gail Bradbrook and many others to take action. When the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report warned that we have just 12 years to stop catastrophic climate change, these campaigners formed the Extinction Rebellion (XR).

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Welcome to our June issue. It’s my favourite time of year, when hot days and warm evenings, beach trips and long walks fill our time. And with all the joy that summer brings, it’s the perfect time to gather your friends and advocate in the best way possible — with fantastic food. It was this time last year that I hosted a BBQ at my own house, and served my omni friends an entirely vegan menu (including my first ever bash at vegan mac’n’cheese). It was a great success and triggered some of my friends into making more animal and planet-friendly decisions when doing their food shops. We’ve put together everything you need to host your own BBQ bonanza (p40) — from food, drinks and sauces to ice cream and hosting tips — so your summer gathering will be both delicious and memorable. Not all experiences with non-vegans are so positive. The topic of ‘vegaphobia’, or hatred towards vegans, has been floating around Vegan Life HQ. As an office full of vegans, most of us have experienced some kind of backlash or negativity — I myself have been shouted at in public, for merely stating my vegan point of view. We asked you about your own experiences of this phenomenon (p68) and your answers were illuminating — one woman was even turned down a job because of her veganism. It seems that despite so much progress, some people still take task with us choosing a peaceful way of life. Jessie Keogh covers how to deal with these testing situations on p120. Have a great month,

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