Brock’s Vegan Society seeks to show students the impact that the animal agriculture industry has on climate change.
On Friday, November 8 in WH324, the society will be screening the 2014 documentary Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret. The documentary explores the animal agriculture industry and its role in deforestation, greenhouse gas emissions, water pollution and other destructive practices.
The executive body of the Vegan Society have partnered with Brock’s Eco Society to host the film screening.
“I wanted to partner with the Eco Society to encourage their members and followers to come out as well,” said Chelsea Dorell, president of the Brock Vegan Society. “Going vegan is, [in my opinion], the most effective way to reduce your carbon footprint. People who are interested in environmental issues would definitely appreciate this film.”
Students are expected to arrive in the classroom by 5:00 p.m. when the film will begin. A team from The Save Movement will also be present for the afternoon. They are funding a giveaway of $10 per student who watches the film. The movie will be screened for about an hour and a half after which vegan pizza will be served. While attendees eat, the team from The Save Movement will talk about the film, veganism and environmental issues relating to veganism for about 20 minutes. As students leave the screening, they will each be given a package of literature about veganism and the environment.
“After students watch the film, the message would be [to] go vegan if you would like to help save the planet,” said Dorell. “The animal agriculture industry is [a] leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions and by choosing not to support the animal agriculture industry every day, one person can make a difference.”
The Brock Vegan Society will also be hosting a number of other events throughout the month.
On Nov. 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the club will have a table in Computer Commons to spread awareness about animal testing and encourage people to buy only cruelty-free products. They will have lots of cruelty free guides to give away and a variety of products to give away.
On Nov. 15, the society will be teaming up with Brock University Vinyl Society to host a thrift run to Niagara Falls Goodwill. Both clubs will be going as a team to thrift shop together and bring donations for the company.
Finally, on Nov. 29, the club will have another table in Computer Commons from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to spread awareness about the cruelties of the wool industry and how sheep are mistreated.
The purpose of the Brock University Vegan Society is to create an inclusive, positive and non-judgemental community for people who are vegan, vegetarian or are curious about it. Externally, the club also focuses on raising awareness about animal rights issues around campus. Students do not have to be vegan or vegetarian to join and are always welcome to attend meetings if they are interested in learning.
Students interested in reaching out to the vegan society are encouraged to follow their Instagram account @brockuniversityvegansociety or visit them on Facebook at Brock University Vegan Society. Dorrel invites students to attend the club’s weekly meetings on Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. in WH204.