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'Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret' showing at Whistler Public Library on November 6th
Q&A after the movie with Green Party Candidate and ex Whistler Mayor, Ken Melamed, AWARE Executive Director, Claire Ruddy and Earthsave Whistler Co-Founder, Hayley Ingman.
Earthsave Whistler and Whistler Public Library have partnered to bring the community a movie they believe an environmentally-
“Cowspiracy may be the most important film made to inspire saving the planet.” Louie Psihoyos, Oscar-Winning Director of “The Cove”.
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a ground breaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world's leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.
Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean "dead zones," and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged.
As Andersen approaches leaders in the environmental movement, he increasingly uncovers what appears to be an intentional refusal to discuss the issue of animal agriculture, while industry whistleblowers and watchdogs warn him of the risks to his freedom and even his life if he dares to persist.
As eye-opening as Blackfish and as inspiring as An Inconvenient Truth, this shocking yet humorous documentary reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet, and offers a path to global sustainability for a growing population.
There will be a panel of speakers leading the discussion after the movie - Green Party Candidate and ex-Whistler Mayor, Ken Melamed, AWARE Executive Director, Claire Ruddy and Earthsave Whistler Co-Founder, Hayley Ingman.
Ken is the candidate for the Green Party of Canada in the coming federal election. Twice elected mayor, three term councillor and past AWARE president, Ken has been instrumental in Whistler’s evolution as a global leader in mountain resort tourism and community sustainability planning.
Ken has served on a number of boards including Smart Growth BC, Fraser Basin Council, Tourism Whistler, Whistler Housing Authority, and the Whistler Chamber of Commerce.
In 2012, Ken received the Queen's Jubilee Medal awarded to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.
Claire has studied and worked in the environmental sector since 1999. In the UK she has worked with businesses to reduce environmental impacts and since arriving in Whistler in 2006 she engaged heavily with Whistler’s environmental charity AWARE, where she now works with as Executive Director. While on a push to reduce her personal environmental footprint Claire decided to change her diet to become predominantly plant-based, with a ‘vegan at home’ regime. Three years on and there is no looking back.
Hayley runs the Whistler chapter of Earthsave Canada, a registered charity helping people choose foods that benefit our health, the environment, and the lives of all animals. She has been enjoying a plant-based diet for the past 17 years and continues to learn about its benefits. She has a certificate in Plant-based Nutrition from Cornell University and a Raw Food Chef certification from Matthew Kenney Cuisine.
-7pm, Thursday November 6th, at Whistler Public Library
-Admission is by donation (please arrive early as seats cannot be reserved in advance)
-Trailer & website - http://cowspiracy.com/
-Event co-sponsored by Earthsave Whistler and Whistler Public Library
Earthsave Whistler is a volunteer-run chapter of non-profit Earthsave Canada, promoting the benefits of healthy, environmentally-