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19 Feb: Film and talk night ‘Plant-basing the future: Your diet for our planet’

Poster for film night 2020
Veganuary  film and  talk  night

Plant-basing the future:
Your diet for our planet
featuring a guest speaker from Extinction Rebellion (XR)

Two hours, one evening:

  • Topical film excerpts
  • Workshop and talk
  • Refreshments
  • Accessible venue
  • Children age 11+ welcome

Of particular interest to people who tried Veganuary.

Wednesday, 19th February 2020, 7pm-9pm, free!

Roomfield Baptist Church, Halifax Road, Todmorden OL14 5BE
Near Lidl bus stop (590, 592, T3, T4, T8)

Facebook event page

Your 6-step approach for Veganuary 2020

An amazing quarter of a million people took part in Veganuary 2019.  January 2020 is set to see even more people trying vegan for a month, as we become ever-more aware of the benefits of following a vegan diet for animals, the environment and human health.

If you are thinking of going vegan, January is the perfect time to try.  It’s easier than ever, and by taking part in Veganuary you’ll be joining thousands of others gaining support as part of an international community of like-minded people.  

Chrissy Leyland from The Vegan Approach says,

“We are super-excited about Veganuary, as our mission is to help others to go, stay and enjoy being vegan.  Our 10 minute video 6 steps to going vegan, shows you how to do this the easy way.”  

The Vegan Approach’s experienced vegan volunteers include 3 Valley Vegans’ very own Elizabeth King, who delivers the 6 steps to going vegan talk at festivals around the north.  After being awarded a university certificate in plant-based nutrition, Elizabeth is now also offering talks on vegan nutrition, where she will share her expert knowledge and passion on how to be a healthy vegan.

People attending a Vegan Approach presentation
Photos from Northern Vegan Festival via Facebook

After years of experience of supporting others to go vegan, The Vegan Approach have devised these 6 steps showing you how to go vegan the easy way.  

    1. Find your motivation – working out why you want to be vegan and researching the many benefits will keep you on track.
    2. Decide what to eat – there’s so much choice on a plant-based diet.  To help you make the transition, The Vegan Approach give handy hints on menu ideas, recipes, food swaps and where to shop.
    3. Find out about nutrition – there are many benefits to a plant-based diet but you may be concerned about meeting your nutritional needs.  Follow The Vegan Approach nutrition tips to make sure your diet is balanced.
    4. Find vegan friendly restaurants – you’ll soon find being vegan at home is easy, but may wonder where to eat out.  The Vegan Approach guide will point you in the right direction.
    5. Veganise your life – during Veganuary you may just want to eat a plant-based diet, but once you have this sussed you might choose to follow a vegan lifestyle, avoiding animal products in clothing, cosmetics and household products.
    6. Think about friends and family – before starting your vegan journey you may think that the hardest part will be missing certain foods, such as cheese.  However, people often discover that the most difficulties come from being vegan in a non-vegan world. Meeting other vegans can really help, and  the great news is that 3 Valley Vegans are hosting an event in February for local Veganuary, where you can meet like-minded people and find out even more about how to go and stay vegan.

So that’s The Vegan Approach 6 steps in a nutshell.  Visit www.theveganapproach.co.uk and follow them on social media for more tips on how to go vegan the easy way.  

Good luck with your vegan journey and if you are already vegan please share their video and help us create thousands more vegans!

7 Dec: Peace at Christmas, stall in #HebdenBridge

Following our Christmas Faves Cookery Demo, 3 Valley Vegans will set up a stall in St George’s Square, Hebden Bridge on Saturday, 7 December. We will share some of our usual supportive information, focused on the ‘Bring peace to all this Christmas‘ message from Viva!, particularly for turkeys. Thanks to Sacred Space and Compassion in World Farming.

If you are able to help out for a few hours, please let us know!

29 Nov: Christmas faves cookery demo in #Todmorden

Learn how to make our cooks’ favourite seasonal dishes.
Enjoy taste testers throughout the evening.

🎄Here are the recipes:🎄

Christmas cookery demo poster 2019

Limited places are available: email info@3valleyvegns.org.uk

  • Friday, 29th November
  • 7.30pm to 9.30pm
  • Suggested donation: £4
  • Gluten-free options
    (please tell us any dietary requirements in advance)
    (suitable for vegetarians, vegans and omnivores)
  • Wheelchair accessible venue

Fielden Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden OL14 7DD

Nearest bus stop:
🚌 Todmorden High School, Burnley Road (589/592)

Nearest train station:
🚂 Todmorden (0.8 miles, 17 minutes walk)

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Update

Here are photos of the Christmas recipes from this cookery demo:

 

1 Nov: World Vegan Day, can you help at our Hebden Bridge stall?

As part of the Animal Rebellion fortnight, 3 Valley Vegans helped to set up a stall in St George’s Square, Hebden Bridge on 12 October. We shared some of our usual supportive information, focused on the impact of animal agriculture on the environment and what can be done to help. Thanks to Sacred Space for the photograph and Compassion in World Farming.

world vegan month 2018 logo

We will be returning to Hebden Bridge with a stall on Friday, 1 November for World Vegan Day (weather-dependent). If you are able to help out for a few hours, please let us know!

Animal Rebellion at Smithfield Market: Reflections of a Day Tripper

Words and photos by Myra James

7th October 2019 isn’t a day I’ll forget in a hurry. In the run-up to the Rebellion I was struggling to know what to do. I felt pretty sure I wasn’t up for camping in the street or being arrested. But how could I ignore this important movement, calling for the changes closest to my heart – a world in which animals are treated with respect and all of us are kept safe from the worst impacts of climate and ecosystem breakdown?

I decided to book a train ticket and get myself to London for the day. I feel privileged to have been part of the day that set up the first fruit and veg market at Smithfield. Will we one day see only plant products on sale in the famous old market? I hope so.

fruit and veg market

I arrived in London, travelling from West Yorkshire, in time to join the rebels gathering in Russell Square. There I met up with Sara and Kerri from Manchester Animal Rebellion – very happy to have found them in the large crowd there. I also bumped into someone wearing the same boots as me, from Will’s Vegan Shoes (other brands of vegan footwear are available)!

After a couple of short speeches, some practical advice and singing practice, we set off on our march to Smithfield Market. Along the way we sang and chanted while people in office buildings stopped work to watch and take photos.

As we approached the market I began to feel quite emotional. I wasn’t sure whether we were about to enter a place where we would be surrounded by meat, but that wasn’t the case. No meat was evident that afternoon. We took up our place in the arcade that runs through the building. Work began on setting up the market stalls, and later stocking them supplies of beautiful fruit and veg. Meanwhile at the other end, live music was played. It was an international event. I met people from Croatia and from Italy. There were some very young children there, a reminder of why we are doing this – to try to ensure a safe future for their generation.

I was so busy helping to pile vegetables on the market stalls that I missed the start of George Monbiot’s speech – I’m afraid I abandoned the task when I realised he was speaking. I’d heard him speak before and knew we could expect something special from him, and he didn’t disappoint. He spoke of the centuries and millennia of conditioning we have to unlearn in order to accept the necessity for a world which is not shaped by animal agriculture. From classical and renaissance literature through Romantic poetry to children’s books, we have grown up in a culture which presents the rural idyll as something to yearn for. The innocent picture of people and farm animals living in harmony. The truth of animal agriculture, we now all understand, is very different. Examples of the disastrous nature of livestock agriculture and fishing came thick and fast in a fact-filled and inspirational talk. 

George reminded us of the damaging environmental impact of livestock, whether farmed indoors, or in free range systems. Run-off from free-range farming causes harmful algal bloom in rivers. Sheep farming uses twice as much land as the UK’s entire built environment while producing just 1% of the nation’s food. Meat products from local farms may well come from animals fed soya from Argentina. Blue Planet 2 alerted us to the horrifying impact of plastic in the oceans without pointing out that most of that plastic comes from the fishing industry.

We know about the Sixth Mass Extinction that we are in the midst of. George has renamed it the First Mass Extermination, because extinction sounds like something that just happens. What is happening now is something we have done.

Monbiot was followed by Dominic Dyer, CEO of the Badger Trust, who spoke passionately about the cruelty and obscene ineffectiveness of the badger cull.

Later came a talk by another icon of our movement, Chris Packham. I’m sad to say that I had left before he spoke but his talk, as well and George Monbiot’s and Dominic Dyer’s, can be found on Animal Rebellion’s Facebook page.

Animal Rebellion Smithfield banner

There was just one arrest during Animal Rebellion’s day at Smithfield Market – of the person who scaled the market building to fly the banner heralding the arrival of Smithfield Fruit and Vegetable Market. Although it all happened in a place where the bodies of innocent victims of the agriculture industry are taken for sale, it was nonetheless a joyful day, looking toward a better future. 

Events became more sombre during the night, long after I had left, as the deliveries of meat began to arrive. A funeral procession was held in memory of the animals, and this can also be seen on the Facebook page.

My thoughts now, in the comfort of my Yorkshire home, is with the brave rebels who have taken up their positions at Westminster. The police have warned that anyone protesting other than in Trafalgar Square risk arrest, so it remains to be seen how long this rebellion will hold its ground.

With the news dominated by Brexit this vital act of rebellion for the future of our planet is not receiving the coverage it deserves but with right on our side we have to remain hopeful that people in power will hear and act in time.