JANUARY 30, 2008 3:48 PM

Confronting Global Climate Change
Calvin College right here in Grand Rapids is one of over 1,700 universities and colleges participating in an exciting national initiative called Focus the Nation. Its purpose is to provide a day of focused discussion on global climate change and solutions for the future that can help "to move America beyond fatalism to a determination to face up to this civilizational challenge, the challenge of our generation." At Calvin, a series of events is planned during the first week of the spring semester culminating on January 31, 2008 with a teach-in, discussion with elected leaders, and a celebratory concert.

Food & the Future
Among the sessions planned for the teach-in (download the full schedule) is an offering on "Food & the Future" (9:00 am TODAY in the DeVos Forum) during which I will make a brief ten-minute presentation on Industrial Animal Agriculture and Global Warming. The purpose of this post, in addition to publicizing Calvin's contribution to this important nationwide initiative, is to provide attendees of the teach-in (and other interested parties) with links to online resources for further investigation of the general issues that I briefly consider in my presentation. Though ten minutes is not enough time to provide in-depth coverage of the serious environmental challenges posed by our reliance on industrial animal agriculture, my hope is that the following resources might inspire you to give these challenges the rigorous consideration they deserve.

Tuition-Free Online Education!
My general strategy for approaching this constellation of issues is articulated in a paper I recently gave in the Calvin College Christian Perspectives in Science Series titled Animal Welfare and Global Sustainability. In writing this paper, I found many of the following articles, papers, and reports illuminating. Check them out and decide for yourself!

1. "Rethinking the Meat Guzzler", New York Times, January 27, 2008.
2. A Factory Farm Near You, New York Times, July 31, 2007.
3. Meat Is Murder On the Environment, NewScientist, July 18, 2007.
4. Rearing Cattle Produces More Greenhouse Gasses Than Driving Cars, UN News Service, November 29, 2006.

1. Diet, Energy, and Global Warming, Gideon Eshel and Pamela Martin (University of Chicago), 2005.
2. Meat: Now, It's Not Personal, World Watch Magazine, 2004.
3. Sustainability of Meat-Based and Plant-Based Diets and the Environment, Pimentel and Pimentel, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2003.

1. Livestock's Long Shadow: Environmental Issues and Options, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2006.
2.Livestock Development: Implications for Rural Poverty, the Environment, and Global Food Security, The World Bank, 2001.
Managing the Livestock Revolution
3. Global Warming: Climate Change and Farm Animal Welfare (Executive Summary), Compassion in World Farming, 2007.
4. Global Warming: Climate Change and Farm Animal Welfare (Full Report), Compassion in World Farming, 2007.

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JANUARY 27, 2008 9:17 PM

A New Lecture Series at Calvin College is in the News!
Wake Up Weekend participants may have had the pleasure of attending Dr. Stephen H. Webb's inaugural address of Calvin's new Animals and the Kingdom of God Lecture Series. Those who missed the lecture can read all about it in this article from yesterday's Grand Rapids Press. With an article on a recent vegan wedding reception at the Amway Grand earlier in the week, our hometown paper is doing their part to get the plight of farmed animals in the news. Take a minute to let them know that you appreciate their coverage of these stories and that you'd like to see more on related topics!

JANUARY 27, 2008 8:58 PM

The New York Times Telling It Like It Is (Again!)
How many articles like this one will it take to get us to kick big meat to the curb? Driving a Prius just isn't enough.

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JANUARY 27, 2008 8:22 PM

If you saw the GR Press on Wednesday, you may have noticed the large article in the Your Life section about a couple who had a vegan wedding reception right here at an upscale hotel. Reporting on many of the reasons for animal compassion, take a look at the article here. The article even includes pictures and recipes of the food at the event.

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JANUARY 27, 2008 7:49 PM

Just like last year, the blog's been silent since the big event a couple weekends ago. This year was an even bigger success. Many thanks to all involved, from the speakers to the organizers. This only covers Saturday, unfortunately.

Dr. Kerrie Saunders spoke about "Diet as Disease Prevention".

A panel discussed reaching religious audiences with animal compassion. Afterwards, all were welcome to the open house at Spacecraft.

Splinters rounded us up for chili voting time at the 106.

Eight kinds of chili were enjoyed by all. And when there wasn't enough, there was vegan pizza from Papa John's.

Celebrity judges discussed the merits of chili...or perhaps their conversation had digressed by this point.

Lots of art was donated for the auction.

Splinters played the part of the auctioneer, inspiring all to bid on the art.

JANUARY 18, 2008 12:32 PM

With the Wake Up Weekend Art Auction just one day away, we thought you might enjoy perusing a few sample images and a (semi) complete list of our esteemed contributors. (Please note that we have posted these images merely to give you a sense of the style of some of our artists' work; the images posted are NOT in all cases the specific works donated to the auction.)






and more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! including:
Peter Brant, Hillery Sproatt, Nick Stockton, Adam Wolpa, the students of Screenprint and Activism, and even many more. YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS IT! (Saturday at 8pm at 106 Division) Part of Wake Up Weekend 2008.

JANUARY 17, 2008 12:34 AM

Kick off the Cook-Off with cold drinks, vegan eats, and "last chance" shopping.
Here at ExtraVEGANza!, we believe in synergy. So when we found out that our BOSS associates Nick Stockton and Sally England were fixin' to phase out SPACECRAFT for the season (and possibly indefinitely, depending on the exciting new directions the project may take), we put our heads together and planned a swanky little soiree to bid a fond farewell to SPACECRAFT and get our engines running for the Vegan Chili Cook-Off and art auction just down the way. From 5-6 pm on Saturday, January 19, Wake Up Weekenders are cordially invited to quaff a drink, whet the ol' appetite, and enjoy the pleasure of browsing the homegrown handiwork of Grand Rapids artists, designers, and craftspeople in our city's most unique home/studio/storefront multiplex (120 S. Division).

Yachting sails, seatbelts, and spent rubber never looked so HOTT!
Among the items on offer will be Stockton's signature courier bags in all their recycled glory. Word on the street is that one of these numbers will be up for auction later in the evening, so you'll have multiple opportunities to snag a bag. Why not buy one to support your local designer and another to support the just and merciful treatment of animals everywhere? Synergy, ladies and gentlemen, synergy!

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JANUARY 16, 2008 12:31 AM

Bragging rights. Fabulous prizes. Okay, bragging rights, mostly.
Some chili cook-offs are really high-strung, forcing participants to pay pricey entrance fees, fill out complicated forms, and submit rigorous ingredient lists. Not ours. It's not that we're averse to a little healthy competition, mind you; it's just that we want to make it easy and fun to participate. Think of our little event as a potluck with a competitive edge, a group dinner where everyone just so happens to bring--surprise, surprise--a crockpot full o' chili that will be judged mercilessly by some of the most discerning palates in the nation. Is that too much to ask?

Need some inspiration? Take a few pages from the playbook of last year's champion. You know you want to school us with your vegan chili chops! So bring 'em on. Just show up at 106 S. Division at 5:45 pm (15 minutes early) on Saturday to register your chili, gladhand the celebrity judges, and let the games begin. Will you be among the three revered 2008 Wake Up Weekend Vegan Chili Champs or just another chili-breath chump in the stands? Only time will tell. Start planning now, though, since you won't want to miss a single minute of Wake Up Weekend 2008.

JANUARY 10, 2008 8:58 PM

One night, two friends and I wanted Enchiladas. We began immediately, not needing a recipe. The only unconventional thing we did was use half enchilada sauce and half marinara. The results were impressive and we had a pan full of delicious enchiladas.

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JANUARY 4, 2008 10:24 PM

Ringin' in the New Year--Mexican style!
So we got the gang together on December 31st and cooked up a Mexican feast: stuffed tamales, sweet potato and black bean enchiladas, fried tofu fresco in a roasted tomato and poblano sauce, and nachos with refried black beans and cheezy sauce. Oh. And we had sopapillas with agave nectar and 9 dozen cupcakes for dessert.

JANUARY 3, 2008 10:55 PM

An American classic!
We do it by layering crispy fried strips of smoked tofu atop thick slabs of nootch-dusted fried tofu atop a heaping helping of sauteed kale sandwiched between two veganaise-slathered slices of Ezekiel Sesame sprouted grain bread. The fries are hand cut organic Yukons oven baked in canola oil, salt and pepper and served with tofu-feta. Mercy!

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JANUARY 2, 2008 11:55 PM

Keep the comfort, kick the heart disease.
Uncle Juan made the seitan, Aunt Curly played roast master, and Moles cooked up a leek and bean cassoulet with a biscuit top to serve on the side. Sublime.

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