Here we present you the volunteer work of Elodie d'Halluweyn from Belgium, who was a delegate to the 2014 WSEN Global Summit in Stellenbosch, South Africa. She writes about her experience organizing a movie screening of the documentary Cowspiracy - a marvelous way to inform a broad range of people!
"Végétik is a Belgian NGO that performs work of scientific referencing, to inform and sensitize the population about the impacts of consumption of animal protein. We analyze the environmental aspects, the aspects on health, welfare and animal ethics, and also questions of distribution and access to natural resources.
As coordinator of Végétik Bruxelles, the Brussels cell of Végétik, I organize and coordinate some activities: information stalls, conferences, cookery courses, participation in some demonstrations or events, but also consultancy work or lobbying at the institutional and political level.
In this context, I organized the screening of the movie-documentary Cowspiracy, followed by a debate about the main theme of the movie. Cowspiracy is an extremely interesting 2014 documentary film exploring the impact of animal agriculture on the environment, investigating the policies of environmental organizations on this topic. Especially addressed to those concerned with environmental issues.
Livestock is responsible for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions, is more than all the sectors of transport combined. It is the leading cause of deforestation of the Amazon rain forest; it is a major cause of pollution and fresh water consumption, etc. However, the large international Environmental Protection NGOs do not really talk about this topic. Between environmental and political analysis, Cowspiracy highlights some realities that we are deliberately hidden from."