Guest post by Leanne Coombes
You’ll be hard pushed to find a vegan who isn’t inspired by the movement and how fast it is growing these days. New vegan products seem to be cropping up on our supermarket shelves every week, restaurants and cafes are (finally) catering for vegans, vegan activists, like Joey Carbstrong and James Aspey are making national news and a recent survey by comparethemarket.com suggests that there are now 3.5 million vegan people in the UK - that’s 7% of the population - up from 540,000 in 2016.
With this influx in numbers, vegan resources like books, blogs, podcasts, documentaries such as Cowspiracy, Earthlings, Vegucated and Forks Over Knives, and films are easy to come by. But how and why is veganism spreading so effectively? These days information is readily accessible and is presented in such a way that invites the interlocutor to consider the facts and come to their own decision through empowerment rather than diminishment, to realise that they can make a difference and act on that feeling.
It can be difficult as a vegan to talk to non-vegans about one's views and the many benefits of a vegan lifestyle, and often recommending they watch a documentary will be an incredibly useful starting point. This allows them to see the issues for themselves and begin a dialogue with you once they feel a little bit more informed.
New vegan documentary, H.O.P.E. What You Eat Matters, which you can watch in full above, really drills into this in its opening message from primatologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall:
"I think the most important message that I have is to remember that you, and I'm speaking to you watching this film, you make a difference. You, as an individual, make a difference. What you do each day actually is affecting what is going on in the world each day. So, your life matters, you matter and use your life wisely."
This is one of the most important messages for the vegan movement and in today’s society as a whole. It can be daunting to look at the world and feel like they’re too big for us to do anything about but everyone's daily choices – especially the food we put on your plate – does make a difference, to our health, to the planet and to the lives animals
Written and directed by Austrian filmmaker Nina Messinger, and endorsed by none other than Beatle and animal activist Sir Paul McCartney, H.O.P.E What You Eat Matters is an award-winning documentary that looks at the effects of the typical Western diet on human health, the environment and animals, through interviews with experts such as Jane Goodall, Cornell University Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry T. Colin Campbell and physician and author Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn.
For more information visit H.O.P.E. The Project.