Here are a few short lists of books, movies, websites, social media pages, businesses, and non-profits that are spreading good green vibes.
Richard Oppenlander uses scientifically supported evidence to illustrate how our food choices can significantly affect the health of our planet.
A must read for every environmentalist.
Melanie Joy, a social psychologist, explores the phenomena behind our willingness, as a culture, to eat some animals and not others.
Joy also includes a very informative and thought-provoking chapter about workers in the meat and poultry industry.
David Simon uncovers the real cost of the subsidized animal foods industry and explains it’s dangerous effects on our health, the planet, animals, and the people of the world.
T. Colin Campbell, world-renowned nutrition scientist and plant-based diet advocate, explains our confusion when it comes to nutrition and reveals the flaws in traditional nutrition research.
This powerful book answers the question as to why we believe in the dangerous myth that meat and dairy is good for us.
Mark Schaefer provides discerning commentary on how to unlock the powers of social media to market your business.
Excellent read for anyone wishing to spread a message to the masses.
A ground-breaking documentary about the the devastating impact that animal agriculture has on our planet and the reasons behind why leading environmental organizations are afraid to talk about it.
The film will be released for personal viewing on November 6, but is currently being shown in select theatres.
A light and warm hearted film about a family that experiments with eco-conscious living for one year.
Even though this family did not go vegan (probably the most important environmentally conscious decision someone can make), this is still one of my favorite environmental documentaries.
It's a truly inspiring film and celebrates the idea that all of our choices have the power to change the world.
A very entertaining and relatable documentary that follows the stories of three New Yorkers as they live as vegans for six weeks.
I highly recommend this film to anyone interested in learning more about a vegan lifestyle.
Forks Over Knives explains the scientific research supporting the health benefits of a plant-based diet.
The most healthy diet for you is also the most healthy diet for the planet.
Food Inc. tells the hidden story behind America’s harmful food products and the corporate farming practices that abuse workers, animals, and the planet.
This powerful documentary explains how animals are used for pets, food, clothing, entertainment, and scientific research
This is a haunting documentary and very graphic, but extremely well done. It is an important documentary because it reminds us that whether we have hooves, paws, fins, or hands, “we are all earthlings”.
Corn is the most subsidized grain in the United States and found in most processed food products.
In this feature documentary, two best friends enter the corn industry in order to find out where their food comes from, but what they find is anything but pleasing.
This is a funny, sad, and intriguing documentary that tells the story of a product that is at the heart of America’s current food system.
This documentary film focuses on the continued exploitation and slave trading of children on cocoa farms in the Ivory Coast, ten years after the chocolate industry agreed to stop it.
80% of the world’s cocoa is most likely due to slave labor. This is a graphic documentary, but very influential and informative.
Tree Hugger is a leading media outlet dedicated to making sustainability a mainstream topic.
On their website, you can find reports on green news, solutions, and products.
The Environmental Working Group conducts scientific research that aims to empower consumers to make healthy and environmentally conscious choices.
They are one of the few environmental groups that address animal agriculture as one of the leading causes of climate change. You can read about their research on animal agriculture here.
This website features articles written by a variety of bloggers, including several well known vegan advocates.
Article topics include green and healthy every-day living, positive psychology, climate change, and recipes.
Our Hen House features blog posts, videos, and podcasts that focus on the protection of animals. This is a great source for advise on becoming a more effective activist.
Jasmin and Mariann, who run the website, are also excellent and thoughtful interviewers and feature many brilliant animal activists in their podcasts and videos.
James McWilliams runs a thought-provoking blog in which he critiques humanity’s treatment of animals and highlights the devastating affect that animal agriculture has on our planet.
B Lab is a non-profit dedicated to using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.
B lab certifies businesses that meet rigorous standards of social & environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Currently there are more than 1,000 certified B corporations in 30 different countries and 60 different industries.
The Hunger Project empowers women and men to end their own hunger.
They support and fund workshops that aim to empower women as key change agents, mobilize communities for self-reliant action, and foster effective partnership with local government.
The HP supports programs in 17,000 communities throughout Africa, South Asia, and Latin America.
Feeding Children Everywhere is a social charity that sends meals made of lentils, rice, and vegetables to children and families in 17 different countries, including the United States.
Sending food packages is not a sustainable practice by itself, but it will make it easier for children to succeed in school for the short term, so as to help them continue with their education and further empower them to end their own hunger.
Impact Hub is a co-working and event space for entrepreneurs, activists, and professionals that are dedicated to creating positive social and environmental change.
Impact Hubs can be found all around the world in 54 locations. They have more than 7,000 members.
Eileen Fisher is a women’s clothing company that is also focused on sustainability and human welfare issues.
EF is a strong supporter of programs that empower women. The company give grants to women entrepreneurs and to non-profits that foster leadership in women and girls.
They also follow strict standards when paying those who create their clothing. Many of their clothing pieces are made from organic, recycled, and/or certified fair trade materials.
EF does use wool and silk, but there are plenty of vegan clothing to choose from as well. You can learn more about the ethics behind EF here.
Vaute Couture is an all vegan clothing company, mostly specializing in stylish and super warm winter coats, t-shirts, dresses, and hats.
The wonderful Leanne Mai-Ly Hilgart, who is dedicated to making clothing that protects animals, people, and the planet, started the company in 2008.