World Vegan Day 1st Nov - everyone can do something!
minimal effort - great results
- Sign the World Vegan Day petition to get a legal definition of vegan and vegetarian
- Sign the World Vegan Day poll
- To get your own activists pack containing inspiration & materials for WVD & Vegan Week contact the Vegan Society by calling 0845 45 88244 / 0121 523 1730 or e-mailing Protected email address. Print the posters and put them anywhere that lets you.
- You can also download materials for Vegan Month from Animal Aid
- Contact your local Lush store and offer to help them with ideas and local vegan info for their WVD celebrations. This company has adopted WVD and will be having vegan info, vegan product samples and maybe even nibbles. Plus its staff are going vegan for the day if they aren't already! How good is that?!
- Send a press release to your local media - we even have one you can copy!
- Contact your local vegan-friendly eateries and shops and offer to bring in vegan leaflets (or even make a display). Ge leaflets by phone/email request to the Vegan Society, Viva! and Animal Aid if you're quick.
- Have a lovely meal at home or out with friends, family and colleagues
- Bring in a vegan cake or biscuits to work
Photo: iceman75more effort - bigger results and more sausage
- Hold a public Sponsored Vegan Sausage-Eating Event - like the Sheffield group
- Arrange a Save the Planet Eat Sausage grand tasting event in conjunction with your local vegan-friendly eaterie/pub
- Organise a free food fair or stall,using our guide written by Vegan Campaigns.
A taste of what others are doing
Here's a taster of what will be happening, though many are so busy organising that they don't get to tell us till afterwards, so check with your local Network Contacts to see what's happening or help organise something big or small.
Southampton - Solent V&V - contact Ziggy
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- World Food Fest Thurs 1st Nov @ the Soul Bowl, 78 West Marlands Rd Southampton. Entry by donation all food will be free. May be some ents as well from the Hubbub...
- Window display at October Books for NVW
- Library display at Soton Central Library for a week before and during LVW
- Leicester - November 1st The V Plan Tour Comes To Leicester The Vegetarian & Vegan Foundation (VVF) team will mark World Vegan Day with Leicestershire Vegetarian/Vegan Group.
- Scarborough - Dilys Cluer has become a Borough Councillor (congratulations!) and says "Climate Change is my main concern and veganism has so much to contribute to the solution" - so that's what she'll be working on in local government
- Leeds - Food Stall by Leeds Veggies and Vegans at Hope Pastures Open Day 21st Oct - to inspire people ready for World Vegan Day
- London - Vegan Campaigns are organising a Cruelty Free Food Festival on 17th November and will be promoting this during Vegan Week with door to door leafletting and leafletting at the local station. We also hope to do some library displays.
- Sheffield Animal Friends - 1st Nov - a vegan hot-dog eating competition to highlight the whole world-hunger issue, and how world-hunger could be alleviated if we were to adopt a vegan diet.
- Colchester - party on World Vegan Day, from 7.30pm, on 1st November, at the Friendsâ€™ Meeting-house, 6 Church Street.
- Wed 31 Oct 7.30pm "Greening our Lifestyles" talk, Friends Meeting House, North St, Guildford (opposite Library).
- Fri 2 Nov 12.15 Monthly lunch at The Beano Vegetarian Restaurant (see above). 6-10 Nov Information Display at Farnham Library.
- Sat 17 Nov TBC Christmas leafleting in Guildford town centre.
- Thu 15 Nov 7.30pm "East meets West" talks on 2 vegetarian faiths, Friends Meeting House, North St, Guildford (opposite Library).
- East Riding Vegans - 1st Nov - a meal at Hitchcock's
Reading - Thames Valley Vegans and
- Thurs 1st Nov 12-6 Reading town centre - eating sausage for the planet - tasting and awareness event. Buy your eco-sausages here too!
- Thurs 1st Nov - 7:30pm Cafe iguana - World Vegan Day celebration feast
- All Vegan Week - all vegan specials at Cafe Iguana
- David Harriman - emigrating to New Zealand and finding out what and where is good for vegans there. Thanks so much for 15 years supporting vegans in Cornwall David!
- Swindon - For Vegan Month a display in Swindon Central Library and an information stall in the centre of Swindon on November 10th.
- Edinburgh - Sat 3rd Nov - celebration meal at a vegetarian Indian restaurant - contact Audrey who's on our contacts listings.
- Wrexham Veggies will be holding a stall in Wrexham town centre on 3rd Nov, spreading the vegan message with a particular emphasis on the environmental benefits of the plant based diet.
Author: Sophie Fenwick-Paul
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Being vegan or vegetarian does not mean you automatically doubt the value of any vaccination and western medicine per se, any more than it means you will believe in every alternative that comes along. This is a separate consideration.
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