This year Dublin Vegfest will spotlight Climate Justice and focus on climate action through veganism. Talking openly about Ireland’s record on Climate is more urgent than ever. As per the recent Central Statistics Office report Ireland ranked as the second highest greenhouse gas emitter in the EU. Animal agriculture, beef and dairy production is responsible for a shocking 35% of the country’s total emissions which is 15% more than all transport use. Furthermore, Ireland ranks fourth lowest of all the 27 EU states for biodiversity protection.
We need a just transition away from food systems that are destroying our planet, exploiting workers and using up the lives of 10’s of billions of animals every year to a sustainable veganic food production. Climate Justice includes many diverse campaigns and projects’ acting in unity. We are inspired by movements like Fridays For Future started by vegan activist Greta Thunberg and the Indigenous activists working tirelessly to protect our world. At Vegfest local organisations like Animal Rebellion and other climate experts will feature over the weekend. The talks and discussions will focus on making positive changes in our daily lives as well as working collectively for a livable future. Speakers will dive into the issues to share hope and strategies for attendees to take away. We believe that with support and cooperation individuals and groups can adopt veganism to build Climate Justice actions into their daily lives. Actions that are good for people, animals and our planet. And that’s something to celebrate.
Saturday 24th September
- The rise of a new era: the role of ethics and food technology in climate healing and social justice by Dr Camila Perussello – Saturday 12:00-13:00 in Space B
- Animal Rebellion’s Plant-Based Future – Saturday 13:00-14:00 in Space B
- Fossil foods (carbon opportunity, costs and future prospects) by James O’Donnovan – Saturday 13:00-14:00 in Space A
- Sustainable, healthy diets: Eating our way out of the climate crisis by Roisin Fitzgerald – Saturday 14:00-15:00 in Space A
- Climate Panel with Fridays for the Future, Gary Tyrrell (Climate Ambassador), Roisin Fitzgerald, Tracie Vance (Animal Rebellion) and The Beeguy (Bee Sanctuary Ireland) – Saturday 15:00-16:00 in Space B
Sunday 25th September
- The Climate Anxiety Workshop by Gary Tyrrell (An Taisce) – Sunday 12:00-13:00 in Space B
- Ocean Connection: How protecting our ocean is vital for human health by Roisin Fitzgerald – Sunday 12:00-13:00 in Space A
- The rise of a new era: the role of ethics and food technology in climate healing and social justice by Dr Camila Perussello – Saturday 15:00-16:00 in Space A
- The Work in the Bee Sanctuary Ireland by The BeeGuy – Sunday 15:30-16:00 in Space B
- Climate Panel with Fridays for the Future, Dr Camila Perrussello, Gary Tyrrell (Climate Ambassador), Tracie Vance (Animal Rebellion) and The BeeGuy (Bee Sanctuary Ireland) – Sunday 16:00-17:00 in Space A