Holy tofu, guys, it’s World Go Vegan Week already! It seems like just yesterday that I was spazzing out about all the awesome upcoming veg stuff in October (which, sadly, did not turn out to include Vegan MoFo since it got moved back to November this year), and now here it is, the big one.
I first found out about World Go Vegan Week last year. No big surprise, since last year was the first year I was 100% vegan! I wanted to do something to celebrate but never got the time to plan anything. This year, I started planning enough in advance that I’ve managed to cobble together what I hope will be a fun and informative event.
After nearly dropping my teeth after finding out how much it would cost to get licensing for a screening of Food, Inc., I talked to the head librarian at my local library about putting on a presentation of my own instead. Awesome woman that she is, she was totally on board with it and has been helping out a lot with promo. The last time I stopped by, she had set up a table with a flier and some vegetarian/vegan cookbooks, and has been including the event as part of what the library submits to the local paper every week.
Basically what I’m planning to do is give a presentation and hold a short Q&A session in the hopes of spreading the word about both the health and environmental benefits of veganism. Though there is a little bit of a subculture around here, it’s not nearly as big as those in even the closest cities. I don’t think very many local people understand or even know about veganism, and I want to give them an opportunity to learn and to try some tasty vegan food. I’m putting together some of the refreshments myself and getting the rest from X’s to O’s Vegan Bakery.
Are any of you doing anything special to celebrate or commemorate World Go Vegan Week this year? I’d love to hear about it if you are! I think it’s exciting to be able to spread the word about something that can have such an impact on human health, animal welfare, and the environment. Too many people think that small choices make no difference, but I’m hoping to do my part to prove them wrong.