James O’Donovan completed an MSc in Holistic Science at Schumacher College in Devon, England with a focus on holistic education. In 2015 he and Bronwyn Slater set up Vegan Sustainability magazine, a free online magazine that comes out four times a year. The magazine explores vegan environmental solutions and policy supported by scientific research. It inspires people to live a vegan life rooted in compassion, kindness, joy and non-violence.
James’ talk on Saturday 22nd September will highlight the impacts of animal agriculture, globally and in Ireland, on biodiversity loss, climate change and ocean ecosystems. It will also show how a transition to a vegan food system can reduce global farmland by more than 75% – an area equivalent to the US, China, the European Union and Australia combined – and still feed the world. A transition to a vegan food system would also convert the oceans to a wildlife sanctuary and reverse climate change while restoring ecosystems and biodiversity. Finally it will explore practical steps that can be taken to accomplish this transition.