From the Prez

Hi Everyone,

As temperatures start to warm in Spring, it is not only the climate scientists who notice that it is getting warmer earlier. Temperatures are reaching the 80s in February in El Paso. What many fail to realize is the important role that our diet has in contributing to global climate change. Back in 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change pointed out that animal agriculture accounted for more warming greenhouse gases than all of the transportation sectors combined. Recently the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported that in 2012, the cattle industry topped the natural gas sector as the primary methane-emitting source. All the more reasons to adopt a vegan diet!

The featured speaker for our May dinner, Nick Cooney (Director of Education for Mercy for Animals) will tell us more about why people eat the way they do and how dietary changes impact the world. He is the author of the books Veganomics and Change of Heart and has an important message on how we can more effectively advocate for a vegan diet. You won’t want to miss this important talk! Check our calendar of events for more details, including how to make a reservation for this event and learn more about other spring activities
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We will be participating in El Paso’s Earth Day celebration again this year with an educational table and a vegan bake sale. It is early this year – April 5th, if you would like to bake or work at the table. It is a great outreach opportunity so please help us make this year’s bake sale more successful than ever! Proceeds from the sale will be used to help us publicize our new Best of Veg El Paso Awards. We initiated these awards last fall and had a good response, and we want to build on this success and increase the number of restaurants participating by letting them know that people in El Paso are interested in healthy vegan and vegetarian options when eating out. Last year’s winners and our restaurant guide are posted on our website vsep.org.

As always, we welcome your participation and ideas. We are seeking volunteers for a number of positions (see vsep.org for more information) and we can always use help in tabling at local health fairs. Let us know if you would like to help or have an idea for a new activity.

Thanks to all of you for your support!!

Hope to see you at a VSEP event this summer,

Liz Walsh